Badminton Association of India has named Jwala Gutta, Arvind Bhat and Chetan Anand to the national coaches panel. Pullela Gopichand continues to be the chief national coach.
The BAI has named 19 other coaches to guide men’s singles players across the country in various zones whereas 12 other coaches have been named for men’s doubles.
Women’s doubles players will be guided by four coaches which include 2011 World Championship bronze-medallist Jwala, eight-times national champion Madhumita Bist, Pradnya Gadre and Oli Deka, Indian Express has reported.
BAI secretary Anup Narang said that the coaches were selected considering their zones. “The idea was to give these coaches and former players an opportunity to train shuttlers in their zone. These are coaches who have shown interest when we had organised the conclave in May.”
“We will have half-yearly meetings and if they are able to deliver and show results in a couple of years then those shuttlers would be included in the national camp,” he further said.
Akshay Dewalkar, Arun Vishnu, Sanave Thomas and Rupesh Kumar, besides regular coaches like Vijay Deep Singh and Uday Pawar have been chosen as the men’s doubles coaches.
Coaches Panel for Seniors:
Men’s Singles: P Gopichand (Chief National Coach), Siddhart Jain, Amrish Shinde, Utsav Mishra, Abhijit Nammapally, Anil Kumar, Sachin Rana, Hersen, Surender Mahajan, Chetan Anand, U Vimal Kumar, Umender Rana, Dipankar Bhattacharjee, Ravinder Singh, Arvind Bhatt, Anup Sridhar, Shrikant Bakshi, Georg Thomas, Marcos Bristow and Mitesh Hazarnis.
Men’s doubles: Uday Pawar, Vijay Deep Singh, Ajay Kanwar, Arun Vishnu, Suranjan Bhobora, Anand Khare, Akshay Dewalkar, Sanave Thomas, rupesh Kumar, Manoj Kumar, Surinder Kumar, Virender Kumar.