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.