HYDERABAD: Doubles ace Jwala Gutta is disappointed with the dearth of quality women players in doubles and mixed doubles, asking for a complete systemic overhaul in order to generate results at the international level.
Speaking after announcing the launch of Jwala Gutta Academy of Excellence in Hyderabad, Jwala Gutta said that ,Doubles doesn't need a coach right now. Doubles need a correction in the administration in doubles. First of all, people are not being educated about the importance of doubles. I feel sad that even the doubles players don't speak about it. Doubles players achievement need to be highlighted."
The shuttler who is known to speak her mind said that it was important to probe the conflict of interest of the Chief national coach Pullela Gopichand. "He is chief coach, chief selector, owns his academy, District Association President, secretary of Telangana Association, part of Khelo India, part of PBL, part of Gosports -- it is all on papers, she said. So if there is conflict of interest, ask questions," she said. Jwala Gutta also questioned the logic of holding the national camp only at the Gopichand academy.
"Before I have attended camps at many places such as Bangalore, Jalandhar, and after 2006, it has only been happening at the Gopichand academy in Hyderabad. I had no problems since I live there, but it is not fair. Why camps only in Hyderabad? "Tell me how many Telugu players are there in Indian team? Are you trying to tell me that in last 10 years India couldn't produce a non-Telugu player to play for the country, Even people who are non-Telugu, they are playing for Telangana state, she asked.
Jwala who is on a sabbatical after the 2016 Games and hasn't participated in any tournament since January, 2017, but she has not yet announced retirement from the game either. (PTI)