Threatened with a ban by the administrators and labeled an enfant terrible by her detractors, ace shuttler Jwala Gutta stated Wednesday that such has been the ‘hurt and pain’ of the last six months that she has not been able celebrate her bronze medal at the recent Asian Badminton Championships to the fullest.
Jwala had to endure a bitter legal battle with the Badminton Association of India (BAI) after its disciplinary committee recommended a life ban on her for allegedly delaying a match between Krrish Delhi Smashers and Banga Beats in the Indian Badminton League (IBL) last year.
The 30-year-old Hyderabadi said the bronze medal at the Asian Badminton Championship (ABC) has healed some of the pain that she went through last year. ‘’This medel is sort of revenge for me. I am now playing with vengeance. There is a lot of hurt and pain. If I would not have hed to go through the trauma od what happened six months back, I would have enjoyed this medal win with jou,’’ Jwala stated.
‘’What happened to me was completely unnecessary. Why should a sportsperson go through it? I didn’t demand money for my achievement , I demanded respect and acknowledgement. But there has been nothing. Why doubles is being discriminated,’’ the feisty player asked .
Jwala also made it clear that there is still no good doubles player to replce her or Ashwini . ‘’ There is still no one in the team to replace me and Ashwini . We have achieved glory without support. But even today we have to struggle for sponsorships,’’ Jwala who won medals at the Commonwealth Games and the Workd Championships said. ‘’ Even the bronze at ABC is a first for India badminton.’’
Buoyed by thesuccess at the ABC, Jwala is now aiming for a medal at the Rio Games . ‘’Farnkly speaking at one point of time, I thought I would quit badminton. But this bronze has changed all that;’’ said Jwala . ‘’ Playing the next Olympics is my main aim . I start playing again after the break only because I want to win a medal at Rio,’’ she added.
sourced :Odisha Post