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    Default BAI announces Rs.40 lakh cash prize for Uber Cup team

    New Delhi, May 27 (IANS) The Badminton Association of India (BAI) Tuesday announced a cash reward of Rs.40 lakh for the women’s team that created history by winning the maiden bronze medal in the just concluded Uber Cup.

    It was the first podium finish by India in the prestigious biennial event by qualifying for the semi-finals where they lost to silver medallists Japan. China defended their title successfully by clinching the gold Saturday.

    “The women’s team has made us proud with the way they played last week. The BAI is providing the best facilities to the players to perform on the international stage and the cash prize is just a part of our commitment towards the players,” BAI president Akhilesh Das Gupta said.

    The chief architects of India’s performance -- captain Saina Nehwal, P.V. Sindhu, Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa -- will receive cash rewards of Rs.5 lakh each while the remaining amount will be distributed among the other players and staff members.

    The BAI also announced a separate Rs.10 lakh reward for chief coach Pullela Gopichand for being honoured with the Padma Bhushan earlier in the year by the Indian government.

    Meanwhile, Das Gupta also rubbished reports about the possible appointment of Danish legend Morten Frost as the coach of the Indian team adding that he had full faith in former All-England champion Gopichand.

    “Gopichand has been doing a fantastic job as head coach and we have full faith in his abilities to take India ahead on the international scene. The BAI is only looking for a specialised doubles coach which has been a weak link for the country in team events,” said the president.

    “However, we haven’t zeroed down on any specific names for the same. Whosoever is appointed, will be working directly under head coach Gopichand.”

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    Also, if Frost is the better coach, not getting him out of sentimental reasons would be foolish. They dont need to fire Gopichand just to make Frost head coach, and if Gopichand left because his ego cant take that then that would be his fault.

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    M Frost might be a good player but has no track record as a good coach.
    name any his charges has any success!

    talk is cheap but motivating players to do as he told is another matter.

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    It doesn't need to be Morten Frost. It could be anyone to help push the team further. And nobody's saying Gopichand is doing a bad job. But how can you expect one person to better the performance of the entire Indian contingent. If BAI is happy with one bronze at the Uber Cup and one at the Olympics, they can very well continue with the existing system and coaches. But if we are aiming for more medals at these world events, there is an evident need of a better system and more coaches.

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    You mean like LCW or the Danish team? Yeah, no success there. Lee Wan Wah and Choong Tan Fook werent good either.

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    Most of the top 50 players from india are gopichand's students. I think he is not the one who controls everything. Why not any other player from anr other academy ?. Any students of morten frost shined during his work?. Even if a coach is selected from outside, where they will train? Is there any separate coching academy specifically for BAI? He should come to gopichand's academy to train the players because almost all the players are from his academy . I dont think BAI will take such decision . Gopichand should be the head coach.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scorpion1 View Post
    Most of the top 50 players from india are gopichand's students. I think he is not the one who controls everything. Why not any other player from anr other academy ?. Any students of morten frost shined during his work?. Even if a coach is selected from outside, where they will train? Is there any separate coching academy specifically for BAI? He should come to gopichand's academy to train the players because almost all the players are from his academy . I dont think BAI will take such decision . Gopichand should be the head coach.
    That's an excellent point. Every player comes from Gopi's academy and therefore there's the potential for a conflict of interest. Jwala pointed this out in the past (one of her more valid complaints). As head coach, Gopi might be subject to bias in player selection and funding.

    It's encouraging that if the report is true, that B A I recognize the need for more top coaches. In the long term, that's good for the game.
    Last edited by Cheung; 05-27-2014 at 10:10 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheung View Post
    That's an excellent point. Every player comes from Gopi's academy and therefore there's the potential for a conflict of interest. Jwala pointed this out in the past (one of her more valid complaints). As head coach, Gopi might be subject to bias in player selection and funding.

    It's encouraging that if the report is true, that B A I recognize the need for more top coaches. In the long term, that's good for the game.

    I think that would not be the case. Because if at all he is favouring his students alone, then how come we are able to see Anand pawar, Ajay jayaram in the top 50 ranking. They are under some other coaches. Hence it is not about gopi but it is about their own talent which will be tested when it comes for selection .

    It is good that BAI realised the need for a good doubles coach but it should not make controversies. Morten frost is an excellent player . I can see that from his analysis. Within 10 mins of a match, morten is able to judge the player's capabilities. But i don't think he will accept for training doubles players alone.

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    I am not saying that's the case but it is quite possible he would be vulnerable to people who claim bias.

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    India singles are going great but doubles really need a push into the right directions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheung View Post
    Intriguing. There can be space for two coaches.
    only if they can work together!

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    It's unfortunate for 17 year old, harsheel dani, who took part in mauritius international , lost to second seed with identical scores in all the three games 21-18. Definitely, he is the bright spot for india in the near future.

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    What hpnd to Rituparna ........No participation for long days.............

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