Injured Kashyap feels forced to participate in the SAG

Kashyap, who is suffering an abdominal strain, wrote letter to Badminton Association of India and the Ministry, requesting that he be allowed to skip the the South Asian Games. But he was sent air tickets to join the Indian badminton squad.

Parupalli Kashyap has been dogged by injuries and his ranking slipped from eight to 14   -  PTI

His repeated requests for rehabilitation ignored, Parupalli 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.

Kashyap has been dogged by injuries and his ranking slipped from eight to 14. With 12 weeks left to earn a berth for the Rio Olympics, the Indian shuttler is racing against time to be fit for competing in the tournaments 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 told PTI.

“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.

The 29-year-old feels that his case should have been treated differently.

“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 have to do really well in the international events to improve his standings 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. Then also I dont have any time, it will be India, Malaysia and Singapore Open, six weeks straight. It would be crazy but I have to do it if I have to qualify,” the 2014 Commonwealth Games champion said.

Kashyap is hoping that he qualifies for Rio by doing well in the first three events of European circuit.

“I just pray to God that I play well in the first three tournaments so that I can relax and choose my events or else I will have to play these six tournaments and then play the Asian Championship which is the last event before the cut off time for Olympics. What can I say, I am under a lot of stress,” he added.

However, the South Asian Games have thrown a spanner in his work. Left with no option, the 29-year-old wrote letters to the Badminton Association of India (BAI), Sports Ministry and Chief National coach P. Gopichand. However, there has not been any development.

Top Indian shuttlers including Saina Nehwal and P. V. Sindhu are also reluctant to play at the SAG and according to a BAI source they too have written letter to the BAI citing illness and fitness issues to skip the event.

For more updates, follow Sportstar on :