Ace badminton player and doubles champion Jwala Gutta has pulled out of the prestigious Asian Games after sustaining a sprain in the right knee ahead of the multi-sport event in Incheon, Korea.
"I was feeling a little pain after I started training for the Asian Games following the World Championship but it was okay and my coach also told me it is fine as long as it is bearable. But then yesterday, I sprained my knee," Jwala said.
"There was swelling and I consulted two doctors, who advised me to rest for 10-12 days, which means I had no option but to pull out. It is a weird feeling because I have never withdrawn from a tournament due to injury in my career," added the 31-year-old, who won a gold and a silver at the 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games respectively.
Jwala's withdrawl is a big blow for the women's side which will be competing at Incheon. Only recently, Jwala-Ashwini Ponnappa pair helped India win a historic bronze at the Uber Cup.