Anand Pawar for multi-specialty badminton courts in Mumbai
Mumbai, Jul 25 (PTI) Former India international Anand
Pawar on Thursday emphasised the need to have to multi-
specialty badminton courts in the metropolis, which he said,
will help aspiring players.
Pawar, along with former player Sanjay Sharma,
felicitated the winners of Mumbai leg of 'PNB MetLife Junior
Badminton Championship (JBC)-5' here.
Speaking on the occasion, Pawar said, "I feel
platforms like these need to burgeon to address the issues of
lack of infrastructure, access to professional coaches and the
unavailability of right physical training faced in badminton."
"This has become a necessity and not a privilege given
the increasing number of talented players in the country. To
start off with, we need good multi-facility badminton courts,
specially in Mumbai," he said.
"Even today, a majority of kids are playing in places
equipped with just one or two courts.
"These courts should have gyms and other facilities
that will help in imparting the right physical training,"
added Pawar, who is also the coach of the Pune team in the
Premier Badminton League.
Among the JBC winners were Sharan Pillai (boys singles
U-15), who defeated Harshil Doshi (15-7; 13-15; 15-7),
Nirmitee Gajbhiye (girls singles U-15), who defeated Naishaa
Kaur Bhatoye (15-8; 8-15; 15-14).
In the Boys' Singles U-17 category, Siddharth Bhuta
emerged victorious after defeating Vinil Mokhade (9-15; 15-5;
15-8), while in the girls Singles U-17 category, Saanvi
Mukadam beat Naishaa Kaur Bhatoye (15-8; 15-12) to emerge
triumphunt. PTI NRB