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06-08-2007, 12:40 AM #1
India's current state of affairs
Don't get carried away by the numbers
KOCHI: At summer camps, as a hundred new racquets flog the bird, badminton popularity appears to soar to a new high year after year. The playing halls are full. And junior National circuit tournaments attract nearly a thousand entries these days.
A casual look gives the impression that badminton is booming in the country. But don't get carried away by the numbers.
"Dropout is huge in badminton," said National coach P. Gopi Chand. "There is a big turn-out for tournaments such as these but after a few years hundreds of players are missing."
The problem is with the existing system — the stress on academics — and the existing infrastructure.
"We need good numbers in badminton. And there is a big problem in doubles," said the former All England champion on Wednesday evening during the Servo all-India junior tournament here.
"If you look at the men's doubles, a few years ago we had top players like Jaseel Ismail and Markose Bristow. After about a gap of seven years, the next bright bunch — Sanave, Rupesh and Diju — appeared on the scene.
"Now we have players like Shanker Gopan, Alwyn Francis and Arun Vishnu but the gap between the previous lot and this bunch is much bigger," he added.
The scene is more pathetic in the women's section. "We don't have any players," said the former World No. 4.
"We need good 19 to 20-year-olds. And coaches and players need to know how to train for doubles. Also, we should have long-term camps to groom good doubles players."
Five years ago, Sanave and Diju were among the world's top 15 in men's doubles. And among women, there was always talk that Jwala Gutta and Shruti Kurien had the potential to be among the world's top ten. But the current state is quite different.
However, things are rosy in men's singles. "Chetan Anand has the potential to get into the top 10 while players like Anup Sridhar, Anand Pawar, Ajay Jayaram, Arvind Bhat and Kashyap have a good chance to climb into the top 20 or even higher," said Gopi Chand.
About the 2010 New Delhi Commonwealth Games, he said many countries, including Singapore, have now taken Chinese players to strengthen their team.
"Malaysia, England and Singapore should be giving us a tough fight in the Commonwealth Games," he said
06-08-2007, 04:53 AM #2
06-08-2007, 06:03 AM #3
One would think given India's population and interest in badminton, with good planning and development, talents would emerge.
But such long term development has never been easy in India as funds, instability and politics do somehow slip in at times. At least we can see now that they have set themselves a target with 2010 Commonwealth Games, and a realistic one too. We shall see if this is another sleeping giant in awakening.
06-09-2007, 05:46 AM #4
06-10-2007, 01:56 AM #5
watch india sudirman team's performence
at last gopi has to take his "team" to face the tough mix team event..
he has dropped the india's best players...
with his "super team" gone to scotland..
gopi after playing so much nasty..i am sure his team will be doing wonders there..watch out..
06-10-2007, 02:08 AM #6
donot believe what gopi says for he is never true..
he must have burnt his tongue while mentioning theirnames..
of course he will never be able to make his players to fight singaporeans and malaysians..when he is in no intention to make any indian player to achieve ..
he is a nasty badminton assasin..u all should watch his move..
06-10-2007, 07:23 AM #7
The fault lies with our education system. Just at the time (at the age of around 16-18) when one decides that, maybe, he/she could look at a career in badminton (or any other sport), both the 10th and 12th Standard board exams are upon you.
Given the high competition in India, it is imperative that one must do well in these exams... So many people decide to quit sports, in spite of playing at a state or national level, and look towards a conventional, less risky career.
Many people I know have stopped playing badminton for one or more years, just to prepare for these exams.
06-10-2007, 10:46 AM #8
one more side..you need to know..
06-10-2007, 10:51 AM #9
and he surely knows how to keep his players age always lesser..only his players are "young and always 17 years of age "..all other players are old to him..all of you need to find out how?
06-10-2007, 01:37 PM #10
06-11-2007, 05:14 AM #11
Many reasons account for this. In India, parental pressure plays an important part in an individual's decisions. Not many parents would allow their children to take even a one year break from studies.
Secondly, sports is percieved to be a risky career. If you want to pursue a sport, side by side, one must study alongside and get a degree. I tend to agree with this one.
Thirdly, you wouldn't want to be the sole 27 year old in a class full of 17 year olds, would you?
06-11-2007, 05:16 AM #12
06-11-2007, 05:36 AM #13
What about the talented children who come from poor families?
Will they have a chance to be developed into professional sports people like what they have in China, when the populations is huge and having the government to look after you from about aged 8 is so much better than staying at home with barely little to subsist on?
Do they have a talent-scouting system? Is primary education compulsory for all children irrespective of their backgrounds?
06-11-2007, 11:41 AM #14
As for studying while playing professionally, Boonsak Ponsana is still an undergraduate, but has a number of titles under his belt. So it can be done, but I suspect support from all sides is necessary.
06-12-2007, 05:15 AM #15
As far as I know, I don't think there is a talent scouting system from the grassroot level. If there was, given the enthusiasm for badminton in India (nowadays, one can see people playing badminton on empty streets instead of cricket!), we would have had more proffesional badminton players.
Primary education is compulsory and free for all.
06-12-2007, 05:27 AM #16
06-12-2007, 05:39 AM #17
If a sport that doesnt has the full support from the government is very hard to succed for the players.
China, Ina & Msia got full government support for their badminton development!
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