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Why Jwala Gutta is angry

Last updated on: August 04, 2014 16:08 IST

Why Jwala Gutta is angry

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Just hours after winning a silver in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, ace shuttler Jwala Gutta slammed discrimination of the doubles game in India, saying singles players are given more recognition in the country.

Gutta and her partner, Ashwini, failed to defend the gold they won in the 2010 Delhi Games, losing 17-21, 21-23 to the Malaysian pair of Vivian Kah Mun Hoo and Khe Wei Woon at the Emirates Arena.

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Image: Ashwini Ponnappa and Jwala Gutta in action
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'We ask for nothing but a little acknowledgment'

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Gutta said given the lack of funding and support for the doubles format in India, it is difficult to inspire youngsters to take up doubles in badminton.

"A lot was depending on us and we delivered things that Indians had never dreamt of. We ask for nothing but a little acknowledgment. We don't get paid for this and the government funds everything.

"We want to inspire our juniors to play doubles but there is no acknowledgement. We want to do well and play the sport we love; we don't do it for the money as prize-money is so bad in badminton," she said.

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Image: Silver medalists Ashwini Ponnappa and Jwala Gutta during the medal ceremony
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'We came back to an empty airport'

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"If a singles player gets 10 dollars and a doubles player gets two dollars, that in itself would be great; but in India we get nothing.

"We had won a very important match for India and we came back to an empty airport. The singles player, who hadn't come as close as we did, was greeted with so much cheering at the airport," said the 30-year-old, who won a bronze medal at the 2011 World Championships.

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Image: Jwala Gutta
Photographs: Indian Badminton League
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In 2012, Gutta and Ponnappa were the first doubles pair from India to qualify for an Olympic Games, but they were eliminated at the group stage.

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Image: Jwala Gutta (right) with Ashwini Ponnappa
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'None of the juniors want to take up doubles'

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Asked if she would play in the mixed doubles in future, Gutta replied: "I don't want to play mixed doubles. Especially, because I don't have a good partner. There's a problem in India with mixed doubles.

"Doubles are not looked up to, and because of that none of the juniors want to take it up either," she said.


Image: Jwala Gutta
Photographs: Reuters
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