Monthly Archives: January 2009

A Seminar on Indian Badminton

As part of its efforts to open up discussion around Indian and world badminton, GUTS announces its first seminar on the 31st of January (Saturday), at KBA, Raheja Stadium, 10.15am. Continue reading

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Back where he belonged

An illustrious student returned to his alma mater some six years after he graduated. Siddharth Jain had lived through some memorable years at the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy, part of an early generation of trainees, but he had moved on since then, having left his active playing days behind, got busy with work, and didn’t spend much time wallowing in nostalgia. Now he was back for a brief while… Continue reading

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Tom John bids goodbye

Badminton’s been a lifelong journey for Tom John, the India-born Englishman who was coach at the Prakash Padukone Academy. The last 20 years have seen a constant shift in locale – from England to Portugal to Brunei to Hyderabad, and most recently, Bangalore. Having been here since March last year, it’s time for the journey to resume. John has landed an assignment as Portugal’s chief coach, and will leave next week Continue reading

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Hurtling nowhere

The badminton circuit needs to be reworked to attract mass interest. The administration needs to reconnect with the game’s European connections; the romance of the All England and other older tournaments must be rekindled, and the Super Series reworked. The packaging cannot be sold instead of the content. Badminton has not been allowed to fulfill its global potential. Will 2009 be different? Continue reading

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