15. August 2022

“Disrespect”: Parupalli Kashyap On Saina Nehwal’s CWG Non-Selection

File photograph of Saina Nehwal© Twitter

Saina Nehwal is without doubt one of the hottest badminton stars within the nation. She has two gold medals on the Commonwealth Games — 2010 and 2018. However, the star shuttler won’t be part of the Commonwealth Games squad this time round. She has not been named within the Indian girls’s badminton staff for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Now, Saina’s husband and 2014 CWG aim medallist Parupalli Kashyap has opened up on her non-selection.

“It’s concerning the quantity of disrespect proven to a participant. It’s about your personal folks treating you want s***. She’s been in tears usually, and the difficulty of non-selection crops up in conversations each second day when she speaks. It’s very very robust to even apply, and you aren’t certain, mentally, whether or not you’re making ready to struggle your personal folks or opponents. Your intentions within the match go all improper in such occasions, and it is a horrible thoughts area,” Kashyap told the Indian Express.

“It’s a wrong notion that she’s arrogant because she doesn’t talk that much. She just minds her own business. No doubt what happened spurred her on, but this situation was not required. They should’ve given her minimum respect of (having) a chat. If you want to be strict, I understand, but a simple chat is not a free ride. You could’ve disciplined her in a chat, speaking to her. No one replied to her messages. It’s extremely hurtful,” he added.


India’s five-member women’s team for CWG includes PV Sindhu, Aakarshi Kashyap, Gayatri Gopichand, Treesa Jolly and Ashwini Ponnappa.

— BAI Media (@BAI_Media) April 21, 2022

Kashyap also talked about how there was no conversation between BAI and Saina, and how communication would have made the things better.

“There was no conversation from BAI saying ‘this is what we are thinking’ or ‘this is what we want to do’. No coach watched her at the All England Open and there was no review of her performance. We have given up on a sure shot medal by not trusting our player,” mentioned Kashyap.

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