CWG 2018: Jwala Gutta Slams Saina Nehwal for 'Pull-out' Threat
Ace India doubles shuttler Jwala Gutta has slammed fellow athlete and Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal for threatening to pull-out of the Commonwealth Games 2018 in Gold Coast if her father wasn't allowed to enter the Games Village due to accreditation issues.
File image of Jwala Gutta (R) and Saina Nehwal (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Taking to social media, Gutta hit out at Saina for holding the Indian Olympics Association at gun point and threatening to pull-out of the multi-national event if her demands aren't met. Gutta's post read: "Hmmm..my family always paid for tickets n stayed in hotels...I have no idea what’s being promised n what’s the demand?? But for the games when u know dates long before the team leaves..isn’t it better to book n plan in advance? Threatening not play..is it correct??"
Hmmm..my family always paid for tickets n stayed in hotels...I have no idea what’s being promised n what’s the demand?? But for the games when u know dates long before the team leaves..isn’t it better to book n plan in advance? Threatening not play..is it correct??— Gutta Jwala (@Guttajwala) April 3, 2018
Funny...how such things like demanding for money awards plots etc etc on social media doesn’t count for controversies...and when asked for right to play is controversial 😒🙄 #hypocrisytoanotherlevel— Gutta Jwala (@Guttajwala) April 3, 2018
Saina had earlier written an email to the IOA threatening to pull out of the CWG if her demand for clearing her father was not met.
"If his accreditation is not cleared as an official, I am not going to play the matches," Saina's email said.
Earlier on Monday, the London Olympics bronze medallist had lashed out in a series of tweets at the IOA after her father's name was deleted from the list of entrants to the CWG games village.
"Surprised to see that when we started for CWG 2018 my father was confirmed as the team official and I paid the whole amount for that but when we came to the games village his name was cut from the team official category.. and he can't even stay with me," an irked Saina wrote in her first tweet.
"He can't come to my matches and he can't enter the village nor he can meet me in anyway...what kind of support is this..I wanted his support as I regularly take him for my competitions...but I didn't understand why nobody informed me all this earlier...that he can't enter anywhere," her second tweet read.
Fearing another controversy ahead of the Games, the IOA on Tuesday cleared Harvir Singh's CWG games village accommodation which now means that he can watch Saina's matches.
Reacting to the decision, Saina thanked the IOA for sorting out the issue in a tweet: "Thank u so much @ioaindia for the support and help sorting out my father's accreditation card in such short notice ..Hopefully it will b great for the matches ahead ..and I m sorry for all the trouble."
Thank u so much @ioaindia for the support and help sorting out my father’s accreditation card in such short notice ..Hopefully it will b great for the matches ahead ..and I m sorry for all the trouble 🙏🙏#CommonwealthGames2018 pic.twitter.com/fWCvrLk4YV— Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) April 3, 2018
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