Saina Nehwal Lashes Out After Dad’s Name Omitted From CWG List

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Saina Nehwal is furious. Her father Harvir Singh Nehwal’s name has been removed from the Indian team’s officials list for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, starting on April 4.

The Olympic bronze medallist shuttler vented out her anger in a series of tweets. She claimed that her father’s name has been pulled out from the Indian team officials’ list for the CWG. With the games about the begin, Saina has lashed out at the sports ministry.

She tweeted:

The sports ministry had initially promised that both Saina and Rio Olympic silver medallist  PV Sindhu’s parents can travel to the Gold Coast Games free of cost. They were reportedly told that they will be a part of the Indian contingent.

“Surprise to see that when we started from India for commonwealth games 2018 my father was confirmed as the team official and I paid the whole amount for that but when we came to the games village … His name was cut from team official category .. And he can’t even stay with me,” Saina wrote on Twitter.

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Saina needs her father’s support during matches and is frustrated that he cannot do so. “He can’t c my matches and he can’t enter the village nor he can meet me in anyway .. What kind of support is this [email protected]” she tweeted.

“I wanted his support as I regularly take him for my competitions …But i didn’t understand why nobody informed me all this earlier .. That he can’t enter anywhere #CommonwealthGames2018.”

The controversy over including parents in the officials’ list has been in the news for over a month now. Saina’s father and Sindhu’s mother Vijaya are among the 15 individuals who were supposed to be a part of the Indian contingent.

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“Harvir and Vijaya were not assigned any role by the badminton federation so it is evident that they are travelling just as parents and not as coach or manager. Keeping that in mind, it has been decided that the government will not pay for their trip,” a ministry official said.

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Since they are not funded by the government for their travel, stay and other expenses, their names have been cut off, which means they would not be allowed entry to the Games village and see their daughters’ matches.

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