“It was not necessary. They (AITA) could have kept it to themselves. Everybody knew that Leander and Mahesh would be playing Olympics. They could have sorted it out much earlier,” Jwala told PTI.
“I don’t know why such a thing happened just now. AITA could have done it within themselves, instead of making new announcements every day. Something, I don’t know why was it done. It gives a bad name not only to tennis, to the sport on the well,” she said.
The 28-year-old Hyderabadi, who became the first Indian shuttler to qualify for two events — mixed doubles and women’s doubles — in Olympics, said the tendency of sports associations to allegedly control the players is not acceptable to her.
“Something which I cannot digest. Something, the association decides who plays with whom. That’s something new for me. Now, if somebody comes and tells me in my association that Jwala, you cannot play with (V) Diju and Ashwini (Ponnappa). I will be furious,” Jwala said.
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