The Badminton Association of India (BAI) made the announcement of a new coaches’ panel which consists of former players Jwala Gutta, Arvind Bhat and Chetan Anand among others.
With Pullela Gopichand as the chief national coach, BAI named 19 other coaches to guide players playing in the men’s singles category throughout the country in various zones while 12 coaches have been selected for men’s doubles.
Women’s doubles players will have four coaches at the helm which will include 2011 World Championship bronze-medalist Jwala, eight-times national champion Madhumita Bist, Pradnya Gadre and Oli Deka.
BAI secretary Anup Narang said that the coaches were selected on the basis on their respective zones. “The idea was to give these coaches and former players an opportunity to train shuttlers in their zone. These are coaches who have shown interest when we had organised the conclave in May.”
“We will have half-yearly meetings and if they are able to deliver and show results in a couple of years then those shuttlers would be included in the national camp.” he further added.
Akshay Dewalkar, Arun Vishnu, Sanave Thomas and Rupesh Kumar, along with regular coaches like Vijay Deep Singh and Uday Pawar were chosen as the men’s doubles coaches.