Fresh from her Canada Open triumph along with Ashwini Ponnappa, ace shuttler Jwala Gutta on Wednesday urged the government to come out and support the doubles specialists in their endeavour to win an Olympic medal next year at Rio.
“We need all the support that top players need. I think what the singles players are getting, if we get that kind of a support, I think Ashwini and me can win a medal at the Olympics, definitely. It will be great. At least now, people who are responsible wake up. I will be really happy,” Jwala said.
“I don’t know what to do really. I hope that they are at least thinking about it right now. This is what. Being a player, I am supposed to train and practice and only think about my game, what I have to develop and what weaknesses I have to take care of.
“Instead if I have to go to Delhi, spend a day, two or three, go behind them. This is what we should not be doing. We are the best bet in doubles for Olympics and we should be given all the support. At least after the Canadian Open, I hope people and the ministry of sports realise and support us. That’s all we need,” she added.
31-year-old said it was crucial for the shuttlers to get the government support.
“Lot of players are performing, including singles, only because of government funding. If government does not fund, lot of players will be lost. We are really depending on the government. This TOP scheme is that extra boost,” she said.
Jwala insisted that lack of support from the government would make it difficult for the youngsters to take up doubles.