Confirming this news, Praneeth said that a knee problem forced him to take this decision.
“Sad that I am not going be part of the Indian squad for the Thomas Cup. But I am experiencing discomfort in my right knee. Though I started training from August 7, this problem is persisting. That’s the reason why I pulled out of Thomas Cup,” said Praneeth, who will also miss the Denmark Open-I and Denmark Open-II Super 750 tournaments to be held next month.
Praneeth said that he is yet to attain 100% fitness despite training for over a month. “Missing out practice for five months had its effect on me. After we get 100% fitness we need another four to five weeks of training to get ready for a tournament. There is no way I am getting to that level,” said the bronze medallist at the world championships.
Praneeth said that he is planning to compete in the Asia leg events.
“Most probably I would be competing in the Asian leg events in November. I need to take care of my fitness as I have to perform well in the Olympic qualification events scheduled to be held from January. I have to ensure my qualification for Tokyo,” said Praneeth, who is more or less sure of making it to Tokyo Games.
Indian camp yet to get underway
Meanwhile, the Indian camp for the Thomas and Uber Cup is yet to get underway. It is learnt that several players are reluctant to stay at the academy. BAI is still in talks with Sports Authority of India (SAI) regarding the easing of norms.
Rules like 10-day isolation and staying put at the academy are being opposed by several players. A source that these guidelines have cast a shadow on the national camp.