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Updated: December 10, 2012 19:20 IST

Court asks reply from BAI on Gopichand’s private academy

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The Badminton Association of India (BAI) has been asked by the Bombay High Court to file a reply with regard to a private training academy run by chief national coach Pullela Gopichand.

Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice A.V. Mohta observed on Monday that it was ‘ethically’ wrong on the part of Mr. Gopichand, who also heads the national selection panel, to run a private training institute.

“He may be a good coach. But in the interest of fairness, a national coach should not run a private academy,” said the court.

The court was hearing a petition filed by 19-year-old badminton player Prajakta Sawant, who has alleged mental torture by Mr. Gopichand after she was refused entry to the national coaching camp in Hyderabad.

“The court has also directed the petitioners to include the BAI as a respondent in the said petition and its reply on Mr. Gopichand’s private training academy will be heard on December 19,” said counsel for Ms. Sawant Piyush Shaha. The court had asked the BAI to allow the petitioner to participate in the next camp in January.

According to the petitioner, she had asked Mr. Gopichand to change her doubles’ partners, after which he held a grudge against her. She was also accused of not being ‘serious’ about badminton by Mr. Gopichand after she informed that she was not comfortable with her doubles’ partners.

According to Ms. Sawant, she was informed on telephone by Mr. Gopichand that she will not be allowed to participate in the camp.

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no one in INDIA knew to handle a shuttle before GOPI taught them.
Its shame to call him to court.

from:  bharat M
Posted on: Dec 11, 2012 at 15:21 IST

what about Bcci office bearers owning a private team?

from:  Ragh
Posted on: Dec 10, 2012 at 19:09 IST

I am sorry to see the Court make this observation but let us extend this logic to cricket - the Head of the BCCI is also the primary owner of an IPL team, the recent Head of the Selection Committee is also a Consultant to the team, and finally, the current Captain of the Indian cricket team is also an employee of the BCCI Head's IPL cricket team. So irrespective of the form of MS Dhoni, the current captain, as is the case now, Srinivasan, as owner, would like to persist with him as the captain, so that it does not negatively impair his franchise value. To top this, Srinivasan also presided over the demise of 2 other IPL teams on the most frivolous of charges. If the above Court chooses to target Gopichand, it is because he is a soft target - there are significantly larger violations happening in cricket, with the nexus to powerful politicians only too clear!

from:  Venkatesh
Posted on: Dec 10, 2012 at 17:21 IST

Gopichand is an icon in himself. It is not expected from him to be so
unethical. He should conserve his iconic status & should refrain from
running any money making machine. Also he should not keep his ego ahead
of national interest.

from:  MILAN MOHANTY
Posted on: Dec 10, 2012 at 16:23 IST

By implication, what can be inferred is that either the coach should close down his private academy when he becomes the national coach and selection panel member, or we should not appoint such coaches into national coaching or selection positions.
The former will not likely happen, because one does not see a good coach closing down a very successful private academy mainly especially when it is producing good results and probably giving him a lot of satisfaction professionally as well as economic independence.
Hence what will happen is the latter, whereby all the good coaches will run their private academies, and the nation will be coached and have selection panel members from the not-so-good coaches who happen not to have their own private academies.
That may be ethical, but is is also quite non-meritorious, and we will have sub-optimal coaches and selection panelists.
Prajakta Sawant is out to ruin things.

from:  Rajeev Iyer
Posted on: Dec 10, 2012 at 15:48 IST
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