Saina Nehwal administered dexamethasone injection to curb pain: Coach Vimal Kumar

According to Vimal, Saina Nehwal had to be administered a dexamethasone injection after the opening round match to curb the pain.

By: PTI | Rio De Janeiro | Published: August 14, 2016 11:46 pm
Rio 2016 Olympics, Rio 2016 Olympics news, Rio 2016 Olympics updates, Saina Nehwal, Saina Nehwal India, India Saina Nehwal, sports news, sports, badminton news, Badminton In one of the biggest upsets for India’s sagging medal hopes, Saina Nehwal was knocked out of the Games. (Source: AP)

A knee inflammation affected Saina Nehwal’s movement as the star shuttler crashed out of the Rio Olympics, said her personal coach Vimal Kumar in Rio de Janeiro
on Sunday after the huge setback for India’s medal hopes.

According to Vimal, Saina had to be administered a dexamethasone injection after the opening round match to curb the pain but it didn’t have desired results.

In one of the biggest upsets for India’s sagging medal hopes, Saina was knocked out of the Games after suffering an upset 18-21 19-21 loss to World No. 61 Maria Ulitina of Ukraine in 39 minutes in her second Group G match in Rio de Janiero.

Heartbroken to see his ward lose due to an injury, Vimal said: “I feel very sad for her as she did put in her best efforts in her preparations for this event. Sports at times is very cruel.”

Asked how did she suffered the injury, Vimal said: ” This comes when you are training hard regularly. Unfortunately for Saina she developed this towards the last week.”

The former national coach said Saina had to take a dexamethasone injection to curb the pain, but none in the media covering the Games was aware of this development.

“Saina developed more pain on her knee after her first round match and had been administered dexamethasone injection on that day. This is to bring down the inflammation and pain. She has fat pad inflammation of the knee and has been taking treatment one week prior to our departure,” he said.

“She herself decided to take the injection after consulting the IOC doctors here and they have given her that in the Olympic village clinic.

“All the team members are aware of it and not any one in the media. Hoped she would be getting relief from pain today but did not get the desired relief while the injection was taking effect.”

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    Sridhar Reddy
    Aug 16, 2016 at 6:16 am
    Let us face it that we don't have winners at olympic level. Too much hype was created by media in run-up to the olympics and raised the expectations of Indians. Shobha de's comments were more from frustration of not seeing an Indian on the podium than raising a controversy. We are not saying sports persons should not be encouraged from events like this but in return we expect them to put their best effort. Some of the performances rasie this question like Swimmer Shivani Kataria's performance where her timing was 5 secs more than her personal best. Also if you lose, lose with grace and humility and don't throw excuses like injury, substandard facilities etc etc
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