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…are showing more commitment and dedication. We, as a corporate entity, see a bright future for Indian sports in the days to come,” he pointed out.

Andhra Pradesh Badminton Association secretary K. Ch. Punnaiah Chowdary said that Vijayawada, before the advent of Gopichand Academy at Hyderabad, was the breeding ground for talented players, and under SAI coach P.U. Bhaskar Babu more than a dozen international shuttlers were produced. “We can see the past glory returning,” he pointed out.

Vijayawada East MLA Y. Ravi said that the renovation works at the Patamata indoor stadium would commence soon and the State Government would release Rs. 2 crores for the works.

Andhra Hospitals Managing Director Ramana Murthy, badminton administrators K. Pattabhi Ram, B. Lakshminarayana, Gupta, Mahendra Dev and Tirumurthi were present.