cwg mission

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 02 Apr 2018 11:59:48


Nakshatra Swati Ahoratra
Moon Tula (Rajandekar Panchang)
Paksha Chaitra Krishna Tithi Dwitiya 16H 33M
Bhadra starts 28H 37M
Muslim Rajab 15th Hijree 1439

GLORY beckons the Indian shuttlers when the Commonwealth Games get underway in Gold Coast, Australia. Former National Champion Aparna Popat and the 2014 Glasgow Gold medalist Parupalli Kashyap both have predicted that India has a great chance of winning five medals in all the events of the Games. Though Kashyap is not part of the Indian badminton squad for the Gold Coast Games because of injury, others, both men and women, are in red-hot form to challenge any combination at the Games. Though the Britons are strong in the mixed doubles events, both Popat and Kashyap feel that even in this event, which was the weaker link in the last Games, Indian players have shown promise lately, and hence both the champions feel that India is set to improve its performance over the last outing at the CWG in Glasgow, England, where the team had won four medals.

In the last four years Indian badminton has seen upsurge of talent among both men and women and rise of international stars, with foreign experts acknowledging that India has progressed much in the last few years in the sport. India now has in its ranks the likes of K. Srikanth, H. S. Pronnoy, upcoming stars like Chirag Shetty and Satwik Rankireddy to hold aloft the Indian flag at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and among women are the likes of Saina Nehwal and P. V. Sindhu, all international stars, having donned the number one spot in international badminton at some time or the other and continue to be among the top ten players of the world.

So, along with shooting, wrestling, boxing, and weightlifting, India can be certain of winning medals in badminton as well. Thus India can hope to see expansion of its medal winning basket at as prestigious an international event as the Commonwealth Games, where a galaxy of stars from several countries would be competing for their own personal, as well as national glory. In recent years, badminton has developed in various parts of the country and the credit for this should go to the untiring efforts taken by former Indian stars like Prakash Padukone and Pulella Gopichand. In fact, the Gopichand stable seems to be the richest with quite a number of future stars taking shape under his patronising gaze. The likes of Saina Nehwal and P. V. Sindhu owe their rise to stardom to Gopichand’s patronage.
While their area of work is mostly confined to Southern States where they are indeed doing a stellar work in the field, there is need for making available similar coaching and facilities all over the country, as much of the field remains to be explored. Because badminton is catching the imagination of young
people throughout the country.