New Delhi: Senior badminton player Jwala Gutta extended her support to the shuttler Prajakta Sawant and said that favouritism, politics and discrimination have been part of the game since long time.
Gutta said that she has been raising the issue for a long time and now Prajakta's allegations against the national coach P Gopichand have only once again highlighted the issue.
Launching a veiled attack on the P Gopichand, Gutta said that it is ethically wrong for a national coach to run a private academy. There are chances of favouratism when he is part of the selection panel.
Expressing her solidarity with Prajakta, Guta said that she will be there for her to support in case of any need.
Yesterday, in a relief to Prajakta, the Bombay High Court allowed Prajakta to attend the training camp at Gopi's academy, on from October 4 through December 12, after she was told by the coach not to join the camp when she asked him to change her doubles and mixed doubles partners.
Stating that Gopichand was trying to ruin her career, Prajakta urged the court to direct the SAI to order an inquiry against Gopichand.
A division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice N M Jamdar, after perusing the petition and considering the credentials of Sawant - ranked 48 in women's doubles in the world with Pradnya Gadre, permitted her to attend the camp.
The bench, however, clarified that her selection for the upcoming China Open Super Series, Hong Kong Open Series and the Macau Grand Prix Gold may be done objectively and based on her merit.