India shuttler HS Prannoy is but to clean his arms off the controversial Arjuna Award nomination saga, saying he’ll proceed to battle for as he gears as much as apply for the nomination himself.
Last week, a day after Prannoy lashed out at Badminton Association of India (BAI) for ignoring him for the celebrated Arjuna Award, a BAI official knowledgeable that his exclusion was based mostly on disciplinary grounds. Prannoy has responded to the assertion, claiming the entire thing is nothing however an excuse on the federation’s half.
“They got here out with their very own model that (Kidambi) Srikanth and I’ve disciplinary points. I don’t wish to touch upon that as a result of I can now apply for the nomination alone. I don’t must undergo the affiliation,” Prannoy informed the Indian Express.
“If they wish to do one thing like this, they’ve the ability to do it because the affiliation is above the gamers. They have carried out their half and given their punishment. Now I can at the least proceed with it my approach and put in my request for Arjuna Awards.”
Prannoy had a wonderful 2017-18 season, rising to world No. 10. In 2017, he received the US Open and reached the semi-finals of the Indonesia Open Super Series Premier with sensational wins over Olympic champion Chen Long and Malaysian legend Lee Chong Wei. In 2018, he turned solely the third Indian to win a males’s singles medal (bronze) on the Asian championships. It took him to a profession excessive rating of world No. 8. Despite the snub, Prannoy just isn’t keen to throw within the towel simply but.
“I’ll positively be preventing for it; I can’t let it go. I wish to see how far I can go as a result of I feel I deserve the award, taking a look at my efficiency and lack of recognition final 12 months,” he stated.
Prannoy admitted the choice didn’t shock him and went on to say that his exclusion stems from the federation’s alleged bias in the direction of shuttlers from Kerala. Prannoy insisted that his steady pursual is a step in a course of fixing this development.
“There have been lots of gamers previously who haven’t acquired recognition and I really feel that their names ought to have been there. There are many shuttlers worthy of getting Arjuna, particularly from my state Kerala,” he stated.
“Sanave Thomas and Rupesh Kumar are a number of the greatest doubles gamers ever produced by Kerala however they haven’t acquired the award. These issues have at all times occurred to gamers from my state. There is nobody to talk for us. Getting these sorts of awards wants a push and a pull.”