Monday, 24 August 2009

BE apologizes for pullout from Badminton championship

The English Badminton federation has offered apology to India for pulling out of the World Badminton Championship held in Hyderabad from August 10 to 16, following perceived security threat. The same was communicated by British Sports Minister Gerry Sutcliffe to his Indian counterpart M.S. Gill.

The apology is being seen as a moral victory for India. India's Home Minister P. Chidambaram had then said that England’s decision had left him “burning inside”, since it seemed to question India’s capacity to provide adequate security to visiting sports team.

A Sports Ministry official said Sutcliffe called Gill on Friday and assured him of England’s support when Delhi hosts the Commonwealth Games next year. Adrian Christy, chief executive of Badminton England (BE) said the English shuttlers are looking forward to visiting India in 2010 for the Commonwealth Games.


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