Hopeful of action by end of the year: Venugopal

Four months have gone by without much on-court training for the badminton stars because of COVID-19. But Venugopal Mahalingam, Badminton World Federation’s (BWF) Major Events Manager, feels that the lull is temporary and things would settle down by the end of the year.

“We want to keep the tournaments going but we are in a period of uncertainty. However, it’s not a permanent situation,” he said during a TNBA interactive online session, organised by the Coimbatore Badminton Association (CBA) and the Tirupur District Badminton Association (TDBA), on Sunday.

He urged coaches and players to use technology to their advantage. “We live in the world of gadgets. So, coaches can make the best use of it to train their wards. Be it individual or group sessions, keep the players occupied.”

“Also counsel them. Parents can play a role as well but it’s the coach who understands the players better.”

Good break

Venugopal expected no dip in player performances whenever the tour comes back. “It’s a good break for the players. But, when they are back on the court, their endurance levels will be tested. I am sure, champions as they are and given their quality, they will throw in 100 per cent.”

TNBA Secretary V.E. Arunachallam, Rajendra Kumar, Senior Coach, Gopichand Badminton Academy, Hyderabad, Swetha Krishnamurthy, CBA Secretary, and Mohan Kumar, the TDBA Secretary, also spoke.

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