This Article is From Oct 14, 2010

CWG gold medallist Jwala slams BAI president

CWG gold medallist Jwala slams BAI president
New Delhi: BAI president V K Verma on Thursday invited wrath of shuttler Jwala Gutta by ignoring her and Ashwini Ponnappa after their gold medal win in the badminton event of the Commonwealth Games.

Second seed Jwala-Ashwini stunned top seed Singaporeans Sari Shanti Mulia and Yao Lei 21-16 21-19 in the summit clash to become the first women pair from India to win a CWG gold.

"One thing for which I am not happy was our federation chief (V K Verma) did not even congratulate us after our win.

Our president who was sitting and watched the match whole time, did not come to congratulate us," Jwala said.

"I was not really happy with the way our association is working. I would like to change a lot of things in the coming years," added Jwala.

Jwala and Ashwini came together after the former split with her long time partner Shruti Kurian during the Indian Open Grand Prix in Hyderabad.

"Me, Ashwini and V Diju are doing really well on the international circuit. We have got support from the government but don't know how much we have got from the association," Jwala questioned.

Jwala recently made headlines when media reports claimed that she was dating former India cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin after the Congress MP from Moradabad decided to contest Badminton Association of India elections.

"This medal will silence my critics. This is my answer to them to whatever happened. I am very happy and everyone who has negative thoughts about me, I would like to say just shut-up now," she said.