Gopichand Academy to host badminton tournament for corporates

Hyderabad: The Pullela Gopichand Nimmagadda Foundation Badminton Academy will organise a badminton tournament – ‘Let’s Shuttle’ – exclusively for corporates from September 17-19 here.

‘Let’s Shuttle’ is a tournament to raise funds to upgrade infrastructure and train badminton champions for the country, national chief coach P Gopichand said at a press conference.

“It’s an attempt to achieve the objective of creating future champions by popularising the sport and creating consciousness on health and fitness,” he said.

‘Let’s Shuttle’, which is brainchild of the former All England Badminton Champion, is designed to inculcate fitness among corporate executives and the tournament would comprise an element of fun too and it will feature competitions in unique game formats like ‘Bring it On!’ (Triples) and will have doubles, mixed doubles, executive doubles (senior management) and women’s doubles game formats, Gopichand said.

“There is a huge opportunity for the corporates to play sports especially in Hyderabad. And we want them (corporates) to experience it, because its a beautiful concept. I hope more and more corporates will participate,” he said.

“Whatever funds we raise from this tournament, we will distribute it among the players through scholarships which will be in terms of subsidy and free coaching,” he added.

Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal, who was also present on the occasion, wished a successful conduct of the event.

“It’s a very good idea to organise such tournament. People will know what badminton exactly is. It’s easier (game) while watching on TV, but on court it’s very-very tough game,” she said.

Saina said corporates need to play sport regularly to stay fit.

“With such kind of events, more and more people will like to play badminton. I want it to happen not only in Hyderabad but in all the states,” Saina said.


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