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Saina Nehwal has criticised the Badminton World Federation for crowding the international calendar for 2018 with too many events, which hardly leaves any time for players to recover from injuries or perform better at important tournaments.
The BWF has made it mandatory for top shuttlers to play at least 12 tournaments in a revamped schedule for 2018. "Next year's schedule by BWF is too crammed, it is not right for the top players. I need more time to get the best out of me. I can't play back-to-back events. I can just participate but can't win," Saina said.
"After the PBL, we have three tournaments. Again before the World Championship there are three super series, so I am not understanding why BWF decided to go for such a schedule. It will be too tiring, too challenging. I don't have any answers. It will come down to fitness and my priority will be fitness. I don't believe in tournaments anymore, so no tournament, no titles, just fitness," she added.
The BWF has made it compulsory for the world's top 15 players in the singles events and top 10 pairs in doubles to play a minimum of 12 tournaments or face a penalty.
Sania said, "If the BWF is trying to make badminton like tennis, then they should have just 4-5 tournaments like Grand Slams with more money and coverage. If I were BWF president, that is what I would have done. I am happy with more prize money but so many tournaments, I don't know."
(With inputs from PTI)