Kashyap left flummoxed

South Asian Games : Shuttler wants rest but sent tickets to join team

Kashyap left flummoxed

His repeated requests for rehabilitation ignored, Commonwealth Games gold-medallist P Kashyap has been left flummoxed after being sent air tickets to join the Indian badminton squad at the South Asian Games despite being laid low by an abdominal strain.

Once the world No. 8, Kashyap has been dogged by injuries and his ranking slipped to 14 in the latest chart. With 12 weeks left to earn a berth for the Rio Olympics, the Indian shuttler is racing against time to even be fit for competing in the tournaments crucial to fetch qualifying points.

Kashyap had already written a letter to Badminton Association of India (BAI) and the Ministry, requesting that he be allowed to skip the the South Asian Games.

“I lost out a lot of time because of the injury. I missed out on as many as seven tournaments. I managed to play at PBL and Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold but again I had an abdominal strain in Lucknow and I had to withdraw from Thailand Masters as well,” Kashyap said.

“But now BAI and the Government want me to play at the South Asian Games. I am in no position to play. I can’t play. I have sent letters to BAI, and the ministry explaining my situation. I also spoke to DG, SAI Injeti Srinivas but still I haven’t got any positive response. On the contrary, I got the tickets for Guwahati today. I am feeling very frustrated,” a disturbed Kashyap said.

“I understand India is hosting this event and Government wants to showcase the best team. But mine is a special case, I am injured now. I have just 12 weeks to qualify for the Olympics. Out of which I can also play for seven weeks and train for 5 weeks.

“This in itself is a huge task. On top of it, to expect me to play at SA Games is too much. I don’t know what to do. If I play, I might again aggravate my injury,” Kashyap said.

“If I were fit, I could have played. But I just can’t play. But no one is listening to me.”
Kashyap suffered a calf muscle tear in his left leg during the French Open in October, last year. It completely upset his Olympic preparation. The qualification for the Rio would depend on world rankings in May and Kashyap will have to do really well in the international events to improve his standing and make it to the Rio Games.

“Everybody else have at least played all through the year. I missed out because of injury and now I need at least four weeks to be fit for the European circuit — German, All-England and Swiss Open.”

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