Gutta hopeful of govt support post Canada Open victory

Hyderebad, June 30 (ANI): Star shuttler Jwala Gutta, who clinched the 2015 Canada Open badminton doubles title with Ashwini Ponappa, said on Tuesday that she was hopeful of the government’s support for her game in the coming future.

“I hope the government supports me. I have been always optimistic about it and have been vocal about a lot of things. The victory again proves that we need the kind of support from the government. We deserve it and we will definitely make our country proud,” Gutta said after her return from Canada.

Speaking about her successful partnership with Ponappa, she said they both had similar aims and approach to the game.

“It becomes difficult for a lot of people to understand the way me and Ashwini play. We are strong players and we attack very well,” Gutta, who was praised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee for her win, said.

She also insisted that she gets along very well with Ponappa and will only play with her in the future.

The duo was left out of the Target Olympic Podium (TOP) scheme of the sports ministry that is supposed to fund prospective medal winners, after which Gutta had openly lashed out at the Indian government for keeping them out of the scheme to fund the country’s top prospective medal winners at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. (ANI)

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