Three Gopichand academies in pipeline

first_imgPullela GopichandPullela Gopichand has changed the face of Indian badminton since taking over as national coach in 2006. The former All England Champion has groomed many top-notch performers in recent years, and his wards vouch for the passion he has for the game.His academy in Hyderabad has played a crucial part in this endeavour. To spread the game across the country, he is now ready with a comprehensive plan to open three new academies in Vadodara, Jaipur and Gwalior. While the Vadodara academy will open next month, the other two are on the pipeline.”It is going to be a big challenge. For the game to grow at the grassroots, it is important that we have academies well spread out. There is no dearth of talent in the country. Many states have come forward and expressed interest in opening academies. I have been in talks with several stakeholders regarding this,” Gopichand told MAIL TODAY.Olympic silver medallist and BJP MP from Jaipur (Rural) Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has been keen on Gopichand opening an academy in the city.”He has sent a proposal to us. He has been co-coordinating with the state government. In fact, the chief minister (Vasundhara Raje) wants to encourage sports. We will work on it once I come back from the Asian Games,” Gopi said.The academies will have residential facilities. Gopi is working with the Badminton Association of India and other stakeholders to put a structure in place for running these centres.”It needs co-ordination from everyone, the government, SAI, and the sports ministry. The game is growing and corporate houses too are coming forward to contribute. We also have to see that there are exchange programmes in place among the centres.”advertisementAt present, there are three national training centres – in Hyderabad, Bangalore and Lucknow.last_img

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