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Aparna Popat withdraws

Bangalore: India’s top woman shuttler Aparna Popat has pulled out of the Busan Asian Games.

Aparna, the Commonwealth Games bronze medallist and ranked 39 in the world said Tuesday that her decision stemmed from the fact that the government was very keen on medals in the Busan event, which she expects to be a tough tournament.

“Instead, I would focus on the European circuit beginning in a month’s time. I will be playing in the Dutch Open, the Danish Open and the German Open,” the 24-year-old said.

The Badminton Association of India (BAI) had cracked the whip after the unimpressive show by Indians at the recent Commonwealth Games and scrapped the 14-member squad and announced a two-member team, consisting of Pullela Gopichand and Aparna, for Busan.

Bangera nominated

The Judo Union of Asia (JUA) has nominated Manohar Bangera of Mumbai as a referee at the Asian Games, adds a report from Mumbai.

Bangera, a fifth degree black belt is the chairman of the technical council of Judo Federation of India, a Mumbai Judo Association (MJA) release said here Tuesday.

Bangera said in a statement that the Indian judokas had a good chance of winning atleast two bronze medals in the men’s section and one bronze in the women’s section.

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