“Jwala is going to stand up and we will fight out the case,” Kranti said at a press conference yesterday, where Jwala’s coach SM Arif and Clean Sports India’s national coordinator B V P Rao also showed support for the shuttler.
In a surprise decision on Sunday, the BAI’s disciplinary committee recommended a life ban on Jwala for stopping players of her Indian badminton League franchise Krrish Delhi Smashers from playing against the Banga Beats on August 25 over the Banga side’s move to replace their injured singles player, Hu Yun of Hong Kong with Denmark’s Jan Jorgensen at the last minute.
The shuttler’s father said it was incorrect to blame his daughter alone for the incident. Arif, also questioned how Jwala could be singled out with the team management going scot free. “At 7.15pm, the team was given and at 8pm the match was to be started. Just before eight, the opponents changed the team.
When they changed the team, naturally, she was advised, being the captain of the side, by the sponsors from Delhi, not to field the team. As the captain, she had to follow the rules and regulations of the sponsors because they are responsible for the team.
She got the signatures of all the players that they will not get on court unless this was solved. Ultimately, the match was delayed, but how can she be singled out for the disciplinary action? If they must ask anything, they should ask the sponsors,” said the veteran coach.
BAI forms committee
Meanwhile the BAI yesterday appointed a three-member committee to look into the issue. BAI said that the panel will submit its report within a month, till which time Jwala will not be considered for any national or international matches.
“Instead of taking action on his own, the BAI president in consultation with the members of Executive Committee, has decided to constitute an independent three-member committee to issuing a further showcause notice to Ms Jwala Gutta to seeking her reply within a week on the punishment proposed by the Disciplinary Committee in order to satisfy the principles of natural justice and take a final decision on the proposed punishment within a month,” BAI General Secretary Dr Vijai Sinha said in a statement.