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31 May, 2018
On Wednesday, in the presence of the chief national
badminton team coach Pullela Gopichand, the PBL team Hyderabad Hunters launched
their own academy in the wake of promoting junior players. About 150 junior
players collected together with their parents across Telangana took part in a
two-day tournament in the Under-13 Badminton Championship.
On the occasion of Telangana Formation Day, Hyderabad
Hunters organized the much-thoughtful meet and included a prize money of Rs.
In an exclusive interview with Mr. Pullela Gopichand, he remarks “Junior players also need recognition, not only for them,
their parents, coaches and fraternity, it is important to encourage them,
however, it is not necessary to go overboard.” on the current positioning
of junior players in the mainstream media. With the rise in the game of
badminton, Hyderabad Hunters is following a cohesive approach to train and promote
the sport professionally.
“It is important to stay committed to the sport and bolster
the efforts of players involved in the game” says Gopichand as he beams with
joy to see an enthralling batch of 150 junior players gathered to uplift the
game. Everybody looked up to him as he made an entry into the hallway while Gopichand
interacted with the aspiring badminton players and asked them about the training.
It is indeed not just a sport, but a way of living.
The Academy is a step to scout and unravel the new talent
from adjacent states while also providing them with dedicated training in order
to achieve several Saina’s in future.” says Mr. Shyam Gopu CEO, Hyderabad
Hunters, who believes in the congruous spirit of the sport.
The winners of Premier Badminton League 3, Hyderabad Hunters
have further cemented its bond and connect with the people and the city by
launching an Academy that will give a platform to the rising stars in future to
become great badminton players. “It will have the footprints in the city and
give a more professional approach to promote the game.” Says Gopichand on such
a brilliant initiative by the PBL franchise team.
Gopichand further added that “It is important for junior
players to get out of their comfort zone and get an exposure of the
international sports level, we will try to include more junior players in PBL
this time. It is a great time play badminton and most importantly for junior
players, it is essential to love the sport, work on the mistakes and stay
disciplined. Good things will follow soon.”