Delhi HC orders BAI to let Jwala play

Jwala Gutta had moved the Delhi High Court challenging the order of a life ban on her recommended by the disciplinary committee of the BAI.

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court has asked Badminton Association of India (BAI) to allow Jwala Gutta to participate in international tournaments.

Despite the court order, Jwala may not be able to take part in the Denmark Open as her name had been withdrawn from the tournament by BAI.

Jwala Gutta had moved the Delhi High Court challenging the order of a life ban on her recommended by the disciplinary committee of the BAI.


Jwala, a World Championship bronze medallist, moved the court saying the disciplinary committee's order was issued in "violation of settled principles of natural justice and fairness, without giving a hearing to her".

The 30-year-old Jwala told the court that BAI has also stopped her from participating in national and international tournaments.

"The entire approach of the association was pre-determined and has been taken to single out her," the plea said, adding that BAI has threatened her with a life ban without reason or justification.

BAI's disciplinary committee recommended a life ban on Jwala, a Commonwealth Games gold medallist, for trying to stop her franchise Krrish Delhi Smashers from playing against Banga Beats in an Indian Badminton League fixture in Bangalore Aug 25.

Delhi had threatened to pull out of the match over the last-minute replacement of injured singles player Hu Yun of Hong Kong with Denmark's Jan O Jorgensen, a higher-ranked shuttler.

She has further alleged that BAI's decision will affect her right to live with dignity.

“For now, I just want a stay on the BAI’s order so that I can participate in the Denmark Open next week and then the French Open.” Jwala and Ashwini Ponnappa are to renew their partnership, starting with these two tournaments, but the BAI order has put spanner on her participation. Jwala is competing in the two events, starting with the Denmark Open from Oct 15, at her own expenses as she was not part of the national camp, but the entries have to be forwarded by the federation.

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