After Saina Nehwal called out specific arrangements and restrictions during her Thailand tour earlier this month, Spanish badminton player and Olympic champion Carolina Marin also criticised the food being served to players in Bangkok. She said that it was “not appropriate food for athletes”.
The Olympic gold medallist is currently in Bangkok, prepping for the Thailand Open, kickstarting from January 12 to 17. “We need better food to be ready to play. It’s a difficult situation for all and we are grateful to be able to play tournaments, but we must take care of our body. In my case, because of a health issue, I need a special diet and this is not appropriate food for athletes,” Marin tweeted while sharing pictures of the food. She alleged that the quality of the food is not good enough for her body and cited health issues.
We need better food to be ready to play. It's a difficult situation for all and we are grateful to be able to play tournaments, but we must take care of our body.
In my case, because of a health issue, I need a special diet and this is not appropriate food for athletes. pic.twitter.com/rSQcxmc3f3
— Carolina Marín (@CarolinaMarin) January 10, 2021
Earlier on Saturday, Marin, who is playing the tournament amid coronavirus protocols in the secured bio-bubble, had expressed how she cannot wait to return to the court and compete with top players. “We are all eager to compete and see each other again. We know the Asian players are at the top every time. The Europeans are constantly working hard to break the Asian wall. It is difficult but we will do our best every time,” the Badminton World Federation’s (BWF) official website had quoted Marin as saying.
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Earlier, former world No 1, Nehwal also wrote to the BWF and tweeted, “The physios and trainers cannot meet us during the entire tour after all of us have tested negative?” Sharing displeasure over regulations and restrictions put in place for the upcoming tournament, she further added that the players “want to play the tournament in good condition.”
The physios and trainers cannot meet us during the entire tour after all of us have tested negative ? @bwfmedia @bwf_ac 4 weeks of this 🤷♀️🤷♀️ how is it possible to maintain ourselves . We want to play the tournament in good condition. Please sort this @bwfmedia .
— Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) January 5, 2021
Along with Nehwal and Marin, world champion PV Sindhu also returns to competitive action this month at Thailand Open. She last played competitively at the All England Championships in March last year.
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