Muscle Strain Happened During Nationals, Playing Continuously Worsened It: Indian Badminton Player Kidambi Srikanth Sports News

Muscle strain happened during Nationals, playing continuously worsened it: Indian badminton player Kidambi Srikanth

Kidambi Srikanth pulled out of China Open Super Series Premier, which is set to begin on November 14, with a muscle strain.

Just three days ahead of China Open Super Series Premier, Kidambi Srikanth pulled out of the event citing muscle strain.

Srikanth has been playing non-stop badminton since October 18 and he has won the Denmark Open Super Series Premier, French Open Super Seriesand settled for silver at the Senior National Badminton Championships in that time.

The four weeks of continuous competitive badminton seems to have taken a toll on the health of the world No.2.

"I am pulling out of China Open (November 14-19). It is a muscle strain and doctor advised me to take rest for one week. It happened in the Nationals but because I kept playing it got a little worse. But I should be ok in a week," Srikanth said to PTI.

The National Badminton Championships gained context and relevance once more this year after the Badminton Association of India (BAI) made it compulsory for the top shuttlers to participate and gave them direct entry into the pre-quarterfinals.

However, voices are now blaming the participation in Nationals for Srikanth's injury.

"I think it is wrong to say Nationals were responsible for his injury and it is wrongly timed," BAI secretary general Anup Narang said.

"The dates were decided in consultation with the top players and they willingly participated in the event. In fact, if not Nationals, many players would have played at the Macau Open," he said.

"There has been no major injuries to any player. Srikanth has a mild injury which will be corrected with a week's rest. So he would be playing in Hong Kong, where he will have the opportunity to reach no.1 ranking.

"Srikanth had a chance to become world No.1 had he won the China Open Super Series Premier but missing the big event now, the wait gets longer.

When asked of the same, the 24-year-old replied in an affirmative matter.

"Yes. But with the injury, I can't manage the upcoming tournament. So I need to take rest and recover," Srikanth said to ANI.

The BAI official said the National Championship is an integral part of the annual calendar and the federation will continue to organise the event in consultation with the players.

"The Nationals have been very well managed. It is very important to conduct the Nationals. We will keep organising it in consultation with the players, according to their comfort. If it is not done the next crop of players will not come up. It is an important event for the growth of Indian badminton," Narang said.

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