New Delhi: Upset with the "manipulative" Asian Games singles draw, India's top squash player Dipika Pallikal is "seriously considering" pulling out of the upcoming Incheon Games.
Pallikal and teammate Joshana Chinappa are drawn to meet in the quarters whereas competition rules state that two players belonging to the same nation cannot be in the same half of the draw.
"It is disheartening to see the draw like this. Clearly the draw makers have not gone by the rules and put Joshana and me in the same quarter, let alone the half.
I have already written to our federation to appeal against the manipulated draw but I am yet to get a reply. I am surely going to think about pulling out if the draw is not set right," Pallikal said.
The World No 12 added: "It (the draw) robs India of a chance of getting two medals in women's singles. It can't be a coincidence that the draw has been manipulated for three Asiads in a row to assure India a medal. It is a wrong approach. Both Joshana and I are capable of winning medals."
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