Saina Nehwal upset over cramped calendar

Updated: Dec 21, 2017, 10:35 IST | PTI

Top Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal yesterday slammed the BWF for a "cramped" international calender, which hardly leaves any time for players to recover from injuries or be at their best at important tournaments

Top Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal yesterday slammed the BWF for a "cramped" international calender, which hardly leaves any time for players to recover from injuries or be at their best at important tournaments. Badminton World Federation (BWF) has made it mandatory for top shuttlers to play at least 12 tournaments in a revamped schedule for 2018.

Saina Nehwal
Saina Nehwal

"Next year's scheduled by BWF is too crammed, it is not right for the top players. I need more time to get the best out of me. I can't play back-to-back events. I can just participate but can't win," said Nehwal on the sidelines of the inauguration of the Premier Badminton League (PBL). "After the PBL we have three tournaments. Again before the World Championship there are three super series, so I am not understanding why BWF decided to go for such a schedule. It will be too tiring, too challenging.

"I don't have any answers. It will come down to fitness and my priority will be fitness. I don't believe in tournaments anymore, so no tournament, no titles, just fitness," added the Indian ace, who would play for Awadhe Warriors for the third season.

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