‘Many Tournaments Only Result in More Injuries,’ Says Saina Nehwal

Saina Nehwal hit out at the cramped schedule prepared by the Badminton World Federation for the next season.

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Saina Nehwal hit out at the cramped schedule prepared by the Badminton World Federation for the next season.

Addressing reporters at the launch of the third edition of the Premier Badminton League (PBL), Saina advocated for a Grand Slam tournament like tennis instead of the various Super Series tournaments, held almost every week across the globe.

Being a player, I can definitely say that it is not easy to play so many back to back tournaments. If you want to make badminton like tennis, you need to have four-five big Grand Slam like tournament where you have big money.
Saina Nehwal

Asked about the burden of playing the Nationals in the middle of a packed international calendar, the Hyderabadi shuttler said: "Nationals is not much of a burden as compared to BWF calendar. The nationals just last for three days whereas a Super Series tournament goes on for five days.”

You need to take into account the travel time also. It is very heavy on us players. And for Indians the next year is going to be tougher because of Asian Games and Commonwealth Games. World Championships take half your energy, and if you have a big tournament lined up just in two weeks time, you are challenging yourself mentally and physically.
Saina Nehwal

"If someone is nursing an injury, there is no time for the player to recuperate. There were a lot of players who were playing last year but are not playing this year," she added.

Video Editor: Sandeep Suman

(With inputs from IANS)

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