Padukone questions cancellation of badminton camp

Updated: 08 February 2008 11:34 IST

The Shuttlecock crisis that forced the national badminton camp in Goa to be called off may not have been a crisis after all.

Padukone questions cancellation of badminton camp

New Delhi:

The Shuttlecock crisis that forced the national badminton camp in Goa to be called off may not have been a crisis after all.

Manufacturers of the official shuttles Yonex admit to being short of stock because of bird flu but not totally dry.

That means the Badminton Association need not have cancelled the camp, they could have bough the shuttles from the market at a slightly higher cost.

And now the legendary Prakash Padukone has also turned the blame on the Badminton Association of India (BAI) saying that the problem of shortage was there for the last two months and should have been pre-empted.

Prakash Padukone one of India's greatest badminton stars, and a former national coach has the experience of dealing with the Badminton Association and the sports ministry officials.

"This problem has been there for two months, we had to cut down the number of matches in the domestic circuit due to this. Shuttlecocks are available and you just need 150-200 boxes, which could have been acquired. It just needs co-ordination between Badminton Association of India (BAI) and Sports Authority of India (SAI)," said Prakash Padukone, former National Badminton Coach.

The only brand of shuttlecock that must be purchased is Yonex, which is used in all international tournaments. And while the local suppliers of the product admit to being hit hard by the ban due to bird flu, its not like they have totally run out.

"Whatever supply there is, that is alright because it hasn't been hit by the ban, but obviously the recent product has been hit by the ban. Only a few centres like in South India and West India will be still using those shuttles," said Vikram Dhar, Country Manager, Yonex.

So a solution was well possible, but the warring groups within the sports community in India made sure yet another Indian sport apart from cricket faces extraordinary neglect.

The immediate impact of course, is that India's chances at the Thomas Cup and Uber Cup have been severely hampered.

Topics : Badminton
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