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New Delhi, Feb 6: Unbelievable but true. The national badminton camp scheduled to be held in Goa has been called off due to unavailability of shuttlecocks.

The camp, was to start from tomorrow to train and prepare teams for Thomas and Uber Cup qualifiers slated for later this month, but the bizarre situation forced the Badminton Association of India (BAI) to abandon the camp and the shuttlers had been asked to go back home. According to BAI President V K Verma, this was the first time that a national camp had to be called off due to what he called unprofessional approach of SAI and the Sports Ministry.

Verma squarely blamed the Sports Authority of India (SAI) and the Ministry, saying that for the last five months ''we have been requesting the SAI and ministry for the shuttlecocks but SAI has failed to provide them.'' ''How long we could have run the camp by borrowing shuttlecocks.

You can not run a national camp like this,'' he said.

''It is unprecedented and upsetting for our players. This has happened due to the complete apathy on the part of SAI and the Sports secretary. I have met them so many times and informed them about the shortage. We have been managing somehow by begging and borrowing shuttlecocks,'' he added.


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