Saina Nehwal Opts Out of Selection Trials For CWG – Former number 1 Saina Nehwal’s chances of defending her CWG medal looks bleak as Hisar born shuttler has decided to skip selection trials for Commonwealth Games & Asian Games.
The selection trials for upcoming Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and Asian Games in Hangzhou are scheduled from 15th April to 20th April 2022.
Saina Nehwal is two time CWG Gold medalist and a 2012 Olympic bronze medalist. On Tuesday, Saina informed the Badminton Association of India about her decision to skip the selection trials.
After informing the BAI, the 32 year old said that she doesn’t want to exert pressure on her body by taking part in trials as she had just returned from the European tournaments and another big tournament is lined up in upcoming days. While announcing her decision, Saina also questioned the trials at this juncture.
While talking to ESPN, Saina Nehwal said, The Asian Games is still five months away. Two weeks after the European tournaments and a week and a half before the Asian Championships, I didn’t want to put my body through another set of matches. I can’t take that chance. It’s okay if other players are considered good enough and more deserving than I am. I have no problem.
Saina Nehwal Opts Out of Selection Trials For CWG
According to qualifying rules, top 15 shuttlers qualify for the tournaments automatically while remaining need to qualify through trial rounds. Saina Nehwal is currently ranked 23rd and inorder to defend her medal, going through trials was necessary.
The likes of Sindhu, Lakshya Sen, Kidambi Srikanth and Satwik Sairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty have already booked their berth into the CWG and Asian Games by virtue of their rankings.
The Commonwealth Games are slated from 28th July to 8th August 2022. Birmingham will welcome over 4000 athletes from 52 nations who are part of the commonwealth.
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