The newly appointed Badminton Association of India president Himanta Biswa Sarma, in a conclave here on Friday , assured that every effort would be made to take Indian badminton to the next level by creating a “favourable eco system.”
Sarma in his address at the conclave said : ” We have met all constituents of the BAI , the players coaches , office bearers and all were free to to air their view points. In a democratic set- up each opinion matters. We will work for sports welfare. We will work for the welfare of our players and associates . This is the first step towards our goal to create a system that takes Badminton ahead in India ” . On the occassion, Rs 1.6 crore prize money to the top Indian shuttlers were disbursed , including Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu, for their success in international tournaments in the last few years.
Saina was awarded a cheque of Rs 25 lakh for her title winning performance at the Australia Super Series in 2016, besides becoming the first Indian to become the World No. 1 and reaching the finals at All England champion in 2015.
Sindhu was handed Rs 20 lakh for winning the 2016 Malaysia Masters, 2015 Macau Open and clinching a bronze at the 2014 CWG
Sarma interacted with current players — Saina Nehwal, P. V. Sindhu, Ajay Jayaram, K. Srikanth, H. S. Prannoy, G. Jwala, Ashwini Ponnappa; coaches — P. Gopichand and Vimal Kumar; and several former players, including the legendary Prakash Padukone and the 1965 Asian champion Dinesh Khanna.
The president also met the players group separately. InsideSport has learnt that two senior most singles and doubles players had emphasised on decentralization of power among coaches.The president assured the players that evrything and anything that’s good for the sport and the players shall be considered and implemented.
Vimal Kumar , coach and former National Champion had this to say : ” It was a very good session. Mr Sarma was open suggestions. He took note of every single view shared by the coaches . Over 20 of us were there. We are very optimistic about the future”.