Dic­ta­to­rial De­ci­sion

India Today - - MAIL -

The high­hand­ed­ness of the Bad­minton As­so­ci­a­tion of In­dia ( BAI) in im­pos­ing life ban on world cham­pion Jwala Gutta on triv­ial grounds is ex­tremely un­for­tu­nate (“Fiery Jwala Ready for War”, Oc­to­ber 23). It is ridicu­lous that the three-mem­bers dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee of BAI, formed to in­quire into Gutta’s al­leged mis­con­duct dur­ing In­dian Bad­minton League, rec­om­mended the ban with­out a com­plete in­quiry. The ac­tion of the com­mit­tee, with­out ad­e­quately eval­u­at­ing the grav­ity of the mis­con­duct, un­der­lines its des­per­a­tion and ar­bi­trari­ness to give the sever­est penalty.

KE­SHAV PATHAK, via email In car­ry­ing on with its one­point agenda of hu­mil­i­at­ing flam­boy­ant shut­tler Jwala Gutta, BAI has clearly cut off its nose to spite its face. A life ban in sport is gen­er­ally re­served for very grave of­fences. And what Jwala did as cap­tain of the team was in no way against the spirit of fair play. Many coaches and play­ers have pri­vately voiced their fears on the dic­ta­to­rial man­ner in which bad­minton is be­ing run in the coun­try. The move to deny Jwala and Ash­wini Pon­nappa a come­back in the Den­mark Open has only re­in­forced grow­ing ap­pre­hen­sions over the lack of in­tegrity and trans­parency in the way the BAI func­tions. Un­der th­ese cir­cum­stances, the si­lence of the sports min­is­ter is baf­fling, as is the in­dif­fer­ence by other sports ad­min­is­tra­tors in the coun­try.

J. AK­SHOB­HYA,, Mysore

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