New Delhi: Ace shuttler Jwala Gutta found herself on the back foot on Saturday when the disciplinary committee of the Badminton Association of India (BAI) recommended a life ban on her for trying to disrupt the Indian Badminton League (IBL) match between Delhi Smashers and Banga Beats in August.
According to sources, the committee has recommended that the World Championship bronze medallist should be barred for life from taking part in any international tournament, including Super Series meets.
As a further punishment, the committee said, the 2010 Commonwealth Games gold winner should not be allowed to take part any domestic tournament for six years.
The disciplinary committee suggestions, if implemented, could be career threatening for the Hyderabad based doubles specialist. However, sources indicated that Gutta might tender an unconditional apology for her action.
“It was a mistake on part of Jwala and we all understand it. A talented player like her should continue to play for a few more years and serve the country. Hopefully Jwala will write to BAI admitting her mistake. Then there may not be a ban,” a source said.
Jwala, however, could not be reached for comments despite repeated attempts.
BAI president Akhilesh Das Gupta also said that a letter of apology could be enough to buy peace. “The committee has recommended a ban but we might consider her case if she tenders an unconditional apology for her behaviour,” he said.
Known for her controversial remarks on different issues, Jwala got into the eye of a storm during the IBL. Playing for Delhi Smashers, she led a protest for her team against Banga Beats’ decision to replace their injured singles player Hu Yun of Hong Kong with Denmark’s Jan Jorgensen.
Bowing to the Delhi team’s demand, the Bangalore side left out Jorgensen and included Arvind Bhatt but the match referee Girish Natu filed a report to IBL commission and BAI saying Jwala continuously misbehaved during the episode and some of her remarks were unacceptable.
Based on the report, the shuttler was served a notice and was asked to reply within 14 days.