Former Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap on Tuesday questioned his omission from the ongoing national badminton camp in Hyderabad, saying that restricting it to just eight Olympic hopefuls is “illogical.”
The 33-year-old, a former world No. 6, insisted that he too has an outside chance of qualifying for the Tokyo Games, but has no way to pursue it as he can’t train at the camp.
“I have a couple of questions regarding the camp. I find it illogical to allow only eight people to train. Also, how are these eight Olympic hopefuls, because I think only three have almost confirmed their slots and the rest have an outside chance, including (Kidambi) Srikanth and the women’s doubles pair,” Kashyap said.
“I am ranked 23rd in the world ranking after Sai (B. Sai Praneeth) and Srikanth, then why haven’t I been considered?” he asked.