Hyderabad: The game of badminton has become fast and furious. It is a test of energy, endurance, power and speed. A player needs to focus on these aspects from a young age, feels veteran coach Bhaskar Babu.
The former Indian coach, who has an eye to spot talent, has about 60 trainees (about 30 from different places of the country) at Bhaskar Babu-MLRIT Badminton Academy that is nestled in the outskirts of Secunderabad on the Medchal National Highway. “The city of Hyderabad has easily become the nursery of Indian badminton,’’ said Babu, who added that the academy is very close to achieve his goals.
With help from Marri Laxman Reddy Institute of Technology and Management and sponsor Li-Ning, the new academy has a signature of a world academy. “The support of Laxman Reddy and Rajsekhar Reddy was immense. We are able to come up with his academy that has ten synthetic Courts with international standards, well-equipped Gym with the Standards, accommodation for boys and girls (9+9 = 18 Rooms), panel physio, tie up with Malla Reddy Multi Speciality Hospitals and host of other facilities.’’
Babu said the success of Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth, Parupalli Kashyap and other players in international badminton has led to a new interest for the game in the country. “Badminton is no more played for recreation. Young children are taking badminton as their career. I think Saina is the path breaker who believed that Indian players can win international titles at the highest level. Earlier, the Indian players used to lose in the first or second rounds. But it is different as Saina, Sindhu and Srikanth have made a big impact with their game and achievements,’’ added Babu.
The coach stressed on the importance of basics. “If the foundation is strong then the game can be good in the tough international circuit. I still believe in the theory of attack is the best game. Yes of course, the defence has become strong. The pace and intensity has increased in the game. It is all about planning,’’ said Babu.
Babu, who coached players like Chetan Anand, Saina, Kashyap and others, said he has a few promising players like K Preethi, Sarath Dunna (who both represent India in Junior Asian championship last year), the pair of V V Harsha & Ayush Pattanayak, who were runners-up in boys National under-17 doubles and few others players. “It is a matter of time many of these players can make a mark in bigger competitions. ‘’