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Upset With Asian Games Draw, Dipika Pallikal Threatens Pullout

The duo won the Commonwealth Games squash gold together less than two months ago, but now it is the prospect of facing Joshana Chinappa in the quarterfinals of the upcoming Asian Games that has made Dipika Pallikal threaten pullout. 

"The draw is disheartening. Clearly the draw makers have not gone by the rules and put Joshana and me in the same quarter, let alone the half. I have already written to our federation to appeal against the manipulated draw but I am yet to get a reply. I am surely going to think about pulling out if the draw is not set right," world No. 12 Dipika said. 

Dipika has found the going tough against Joshana in recent times. Since 2008, out of the six instances at pro events that they have faced each other, Joshana has won five, while Dipika has managed only one win. 

Joshana, who is nine spots below Dipika, has chosen not to make a great deal out of it. 

"As a professional, I think it's only fair that I play whoever I'm drawn to play against. Representing the country is the priority for me," said world No. 21 Joshana. 

Dipika had earlier written to the Asian Squash Federation (ASF) saying the rulebook stipulates that compatriots should be placed in different quarters of the draw. 

The Asian body, in its reply to Dipika said: "World Squash Federation does not operate or administer the senior men's and women's world championships by itself and your quoted rule only applies to world junior championships." 

According to the ASF Championship regulation section M10: "No player shall be drawn against a fellow national in the first round of all events, unless this cannot be avoided". If ASF is to be believed, there has been no violation of the rule. 

Dipika and Joshana are tipped to face in the quarterfinals on September 21 if they win their respective openers.

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