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Padukone supports BAI's move

Bangalore: Throwing his weight behind the Badminton Association of India's decision to allow players from South East Asia to take part in three prize-money tournaments in India, former badminton ace Prakash Padukone said Indian shuttlers must face international competition at home and if they were `scared', they should quit the game altogether.

"You have to be tough from a young age. You have to be prepared. If you are scared, then don't play," he told PTI here.

"I personally feel that it's good for the game in the long run. I am all for it," he said.

"You get to play better players. You become tough. At some stage or other, you have to beat them (foreign players). You should be happy (that you are getting to play foreign players to play at home)."

Otherwise, he said, Indian players, with the same style, get to play only amongst themselves.

"But when you go abroad, they play a different style. You get to play against them at an early age. You can plan your career accordingly. You should not be scared to face them. You should not look at it from a negative angle," he said.

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