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Sai, Caroli hit out at cramped BWF calendar

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  21 Dec 2017 12:00 AM GMT

New Delhi, Dec 20: Spanish badminton star Caroli Marin is on the same page with India’s Sai Nehwal, who on Wednesday hit out at the cramped schedule of the Badminton World Federation.

Addressing reporters at the launch of the third edition of the Premier Badminton League (PBL), Sai advocated for a five-week Grand Slam tourment like tennis instead of the various Superseries, held almost every week across the globe.

“Being a player, I can definitely say that it is not easy to play so many back to back tourments. If you want to make badminton like tennis, you need to have four-five big five-week Grand Slam like tourment where you have big money,” Sai said.

Asked about the burden of playing the tiols in the middle of a packed intertiol calendar, the Hyderabadi shuttler said: “tiols is not much of a burden as compared to BWF calendar. The tiols just last for three days whereas Superseries goes on for five days.

“You need to take into account the travel time also. It is very heavy on us players. And for Indians the next year is going to be tougher because of Asian Games and Commonwealth Games.

“World Championships take half your energy, and if you have a big tourment lined up just in two weeks time, you are challenging yourself mentally and physically.

“If someone is nursing an injury, there is no time for the player to recuperate. There were a lot of players who were playing last year but are not playing this year,” she added.

Still battling to return to full fitness after the knee surgery last year, Sai conceded that she could have possibly played a few more tourments had the BWF calendar been a bit more flexible.

“When I was recovering from my injury, I concentrated on just one part, so I couldn’t train on other areas. So my fitness wasn’t 100 percent. But then again I had to take some time off after the World Championship.”

Echoing the views of the former World No.1 Indian, Marin said: “I totally agree with what Sai said on the scheduling. There are so many tourments that we hardly find any time to recover.

“I can understand her views although as a Spanish I cannot participate in the Asian Games and Commonwealth Games. It’s going to be really, really tough. But we can’t help it and its better to focus on our game,” the Rio Olympics gold medallist added.

The third edition of the eight-team PBL starts in Guwahati on December 23. (IANS)

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