Mumbai: Top national shuttlers - Saina Nehwal, Jwala Gutta, PV Sindhu, Arvind Bhat and Chetan Anand - will not take part in the NSCI All India Senior Ranking Badminton Tournament to be held from August 27-31. (Agencies)
"Saina (women's world no. 5) is not taking part because of her schedule of preparations for the London Olympics, while (world championship women's doubles bronze winner) Jwala Gutta would also be absent as the tournament clashes with the Arjuna Awards ceremony in New Delhi on August 29," said Pradeep Gandhe, president of the Maharashtra Badminton Association.
"P V Sindhu had earlier entered the event but then withdrew (to prepare for the Youth Commonwealth Games in the Isle of Man from September 7). Bhat is recovering from an injury and Anand is busy fulfilling contractual obligations for his club in Europe.
"All other top players of the country are taking part in the tournament as their performance will be considered for selection in the Indian team for participation in the forthcoming international tournaments," he added.
Among the leading shuttlers, who would participate at the National Sports Club of India's air-conditioned courts for Rs 5 lakh event, are national men's and women's champions, world no. 23 Parupalli Kashyap and world no. 133 Aditi Mutatkar, it was announced at a media conference on Thursday.
Apart from Kashyap, Ajay Jayaram, Anup Sridhar and India's number one ranked player among men - Sourabh Varma - would also be amongst 32 men who are participating in the tournament.
Other than Aditi, the women's draw would include Arundhati Pantawane, the National Games singles champion Neha Pandit and former national champion Sayali Gokhale.
The men's and women's winners would get Rs 40,000 and Rs 28,000 respectively, said joint tournament director Sunder Shetty.
The event will see men's and women's singles and doubles, besides mixed doubles competitions.
"The qualifying rounds would be held on August 27 and 28," Gandhe said.
This is the first big tournament organised by the NSCI after 2001, in which Pullela Gopichand took part and then went on to win the All England men's singles crown, said Gandhe.
NSCI will be spending Rs 12 lakh in the conduct of the tournament, including the prize money part, said club secretary Jaishing Choraria.
Mumbai: Top national shuttlers - Saina Nehwal, Jwala Gutta, PV Sindhu, Arvind Bhat and Chetan Anand - will not take part in the NSCI All India Senior Ranking Badminton Tournament to be held from August 27-31.