16 Sep :The Sports Ministry has decided to provide state of art training and exposure both at domestic and international levels to 40 Badminton players for preparing the sportspersons for world class performance.
Under the Scheme for “Preparation of Indian Teams for Commonwealth Games, 2010, the Steering Committee has approved the names of 35 Badminton players so far, for their inclusion in the “Core Group” of sportspersons . In addition, 8 Indian and 2 Foreign Coaches have also been indentified in consultations with Badminton Association of India (BAI) .
The following names of sportspersons were approved for their inclusion in the Core Group under the Scheme :
Guru Sai Dutt
Under the Scheme, training is to be provided 20 badminton players each in men & women category . BAI has been asked to furnish the more names to fill all slots .The names of Indian and Foreign Coaches approved under the Scheme are:
Mr. Atik Jauhari from
Mr. Jason Krufort from
The Steering Committee has also directed the BAI to submit without delay the names of supporting personnel such as Sports Analyst, Exercise Physiologist, Physiotherapist, Masseur and Masseuse as per the Scheme for its approval. As required under the Scheme , the Steering Committee in consultation with Sports Authority of India (SAI) has also approved the Annual Calendar of Training & Competitions (ACTC) prepared by the BAI for imparting training of 305 days in a year for the period from August 2008 to 31 st March 2009. During the meeting, the BAI informed the Committee that SAI Centres at Lucknow, Bangalore and Gandhi Nagar have been selected for imparting training to the Core Group of sportspersons. For providing infrastructural and equipment support , the Committee has asked the SAI to take necessary action to meet the requirements of the BAI.
With an objective to enhance transparency and placing all information relating to the Scheme in public domain, the Committee has also emphasized the BAI, the need to develop a comprehensive website which should inter-alia contain the names, profiles of players, compilation of various facilities for the sports available country-wide (indicating levels of such facilities and under whose control/jurisdiction) and also names, Profiles, levels of Coaches, Supporting Personnel of the Sport available, Sports equipment necessary for that sport, list of suppliers in India and abroad, training facilities available overseas, list of major competitions / tournaments in India and abroad, details of the National Federation (with names of office bearer and their telephone numbers etc.), International Federation etc. The Committee directed the BAI to start the website within two months and communicate to it.
Dr. M S Gill , the Union Sports Minister directed the Steering Committee constituted under the Scheme to complete the process of identification of Core Group of Sportspersons and supporting personnel in respect of all disciplines in consultation with federations at the earliest so as to fully operationalise the Scheme expeditiously.
It may be recalled that the Union Cabinet on 12th June, 2008 gave its approval for a Scheme titled “Preparation of Indian Team for Commonwealth Games, 2010, with an outlay of Rs. 678.00 crore for three years starting from 2008-09. The objectives of the Scheme are as follows:
i. To improve India’s competitiveness in international sports and to enhance the medals tally in major international events particularly the Commonwealth Youth Games, 2008 and Commonwealth Games, 2010;
ii. To institutionalize a system for preparation of elite sportspersons for prestigious international competitive events which would inter-alia, also include qualifying championships for major international events;
iii. To improve state of art training and better competitive opportunities to elite sportspersons / medal prospects; and
iv. To develop a system of selection of sportspersons based on performance monitoring in the run upto the international event.
The Scheme aims to impart state of the art training to our sportspersons (medal probables) both in India and abroad with adequate sports sciences back up, with the objective of maximizing Indian medals’ tally in the Commonwealth Games, 2010.