TN to soon have two badminton academies

Chennai: Tamil Nadu would soon have two
badminton academies as part of a national endeavour to set up
coaching institutions to promote the game, leveraging on the
excellent results in the just concluded Commonwealth Games.

Announcing this at a function to felicitate state players
for finishing runner-up in the South Zonal championship, State
President Hemant Kumar Sinha said Badminton Association of
India is close to signing a mega deal with a sponsor with the
overriding condition that the funds be used to beef up the
physical infrastructure for the sport through academies.

"The BAI has found a good sponsor who is prepared to join
the association in the long run but their first condition is
that academies should be set up," Sinha said.

Sinha said that under the new deal with BAI, the
association would set up 30 academies all over India with
Tamil Nadu hosting two.

"The first academy will be set up in Chennai then we will
find another venue to set up the second one. Once we have an
academy in place, I am sure we are not only going to win the
South Zone, but will also produce international players," he

He said it was after two decades that Tamil Nadu had
reached the final of the South Zone inter-state "without any
academy, professional training, without equipment to players
and backing.`

The academy would house six to eight courts and provide
trainees good quality shuttlecocks. It would also avail
services of excellent coaches and other infrastructure, as in
Gopichand`s academy, he said.