Badminton Association of India (BAI) has recommended Kidambi Srikanth name for the Khel Ratna Award following his apology to the federation for his misconduct during Asian Championship earlier this year.
BAI has given 15 days to another Indian player HS Pranoy to apologize for his misconduct.
Former World Number 1 Srikanth and Pranoy left the squad during Asian Badminton Championship in Manila in February, despite advice was given to them not to leave, which completely snatched India’s chances to win the historic medal in the mega event.
The reason BAI didn’t recommend both the ace player’s name was not recommended for the sports awards on disciplinary grounds.
However, Srikanth expressed his apology to BAI where he wrote “We have received an email from Srikanth in which he has accepted the mistake and he has also promised to not indulge in such activities in the future. Considering the talent of Srikanth and the accomplishments, we have decided to recommend his name for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award,” as confirmed by BAI general secretary Ajay Singhania.
BAI implementing strict policies of disciplinary actions going forward and Pranoy is given 15 day’s time to apologize for his misconduct.
Singhania also talked about Pranoy in detail what issue BAI had with him as he added that “There are several instances of disciplinary issues with Prannoy; the Federation had been very tolerant all this while but in the recent past his attitude has forced BAI to take action and also relook at the disciplinary policies. A show-cause letter has been issued for the remarks made. If the player fails to respond in the allotted time, BAI will be taking stern action against the shuttler,”.
There is a code of conduct that will be built by BAI soon that every official, players, and members should abide.