Disqualify Japan, reinstate us: Jwala Gutta
India's doubles player Jwala Gutta yesterday called for the disqualification of the Japanese women's doubles team too claiming they had also thrown their league match against the Chinese Taipei. "For Japan to lose like that, was shocking
I hope justice will be done and they are disqualified too and we get to play the quarter-finals. We deserve to be there,” Gutta told a TV channel yesterday.
India’s badminton coach P Gopichand also accused the Japanese pair of Mizuki Fujii and Reika Kakiiwa of “wanting to lose” after India’s Jwala and Ashwini Ponnappa failed to qualify for the knockout stage in group B winning two of their three league matches.
Gopichand said he’s raised the matter with the Badminton World Federation (BWF). “(Chinese) Taipei had to and wanted to win, but Japan wanted to lose to be second in the group to avoid China. We put in an protest and the BWF has come back saying they didn’t find any bias. We have filed a review appeal,” he said.