Tuesday, May 20, 2014

No female shuttlers for Asian, CW Games - Bangladesh

The Bangladesh Badminton Federation has decided not to send any female badminton players to the upcoming Asian Games and Commonwealth Games, disregarding the recent performances of female shuttlers in recent international events.

“The female shuttlers are not up to the international standard. If we send them to such big tournaments not only will they be embarrassed, our sport's image will be blemished,” claimed the federation's joint secretary Golam Aziz Jilai, defending the decision to send only male shuttlers to these games.

However, reality says something different. The last two medals earned from international events were courtesy of female shuttlers. The pair of Shapla Akter and Rasel Kabir won a bronze medal in the mixed doubles event of the 2010 SA Games while Shapla also won another bronze in the singles event of an international tournament in the same year in Dhaka.

Aiman Ibne Zaman and Raisuddin will participate in the Commonwealth Games while Enamul Haque and Ahsan Habib will take part in the Asian games.

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