Sudirman Cup 2019: Is playing for India no longer a priority for shuttlers?


As the declaration ofIndia's Lok Sabha election results drew to a conclusion, a day after thecountry's disastrous exit from the group stage of the Sudirman Cup badmintonmixed team championships in Nanjing, a meme went viral in sporting circles:"Smriti Irani should take up badminton, and Amit Shah should be madeIndia's chief coach."


For the untutored whofailed to make the connection, the point being made was that Indian badmintonneeded the Chanakya-like wiles of an Amit Shah who had dexterously plotted theBJP's thumping victory in the general elections, along with the spunk of aperson like Smriti Irani, who had no qualms over taking on Congress PresidentRahul Gandhi in the party's traditional stronghold of Amethi, and gave him aconvincing beating.

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