Indian badminton team to stay in London despite riots

Updated: 10 August 2011 09:38 IST

The London riots may have cast a shadow over many sporting events in England but the Indian badminton contingent has vowed to stay on and compete in the World Badminton Championships that started in London on Monday.

The London riots may have cast a shadow over many sporting events in England but the Indian badminton contingent has vowed to stay on and compete in the World Badminton Championships that started in London on Monday.

The declaration is even more noteworthy considering the fact that the English badminton team pulled out of the 2009 world championships in Hyderabad despite being provided fool-proof security.

"It just shows how accommodative we are and how they are not. As a sportsperson we should react in a proper manner to an incident like this. Sadly, the English never do that", said India's coach Pullela Gopichand on Tuesday.

India's hopes widely rest on ace shuttler Saina Nehwal, who will have to get into rhythm quickly after being out of action for almost a month after an ankle injury. The 21-year old sensation will begin her campaign on Wednesday.

Topics : Ricky Ponting Saina Nehwal Xiang Sun Badminton
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