Badminton Association of India doles out cash rewards to CWG contingent

New Delhi, May 7: The Badminton Association of India felicitated the Indian badminton team for its spectacular successes on Saturday evening, doling out a whopping cash reward to the tune of one crore thirty lakh (1,30,00,000) rupees to the victorious players.

BAIpresident Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma and chief guest Indian Olympic Associationpresident Dr. Narinder Dhruv Batra presented all the cheques at a grandceremony here, attended by the top brass of the BAI, chief coach Pullela GopiChand and the entire team, including the support staff.

“It gives meimmense pleasure to be here to celebrate the heroics of our players in theCommonwealth Games. They have not only created history but have once againunderlined India’s reputation as one of the top performers globally,” BAIPresident Dr Sarma said.

“We wouldlike to thank the government, the Sports Authority of India and the BAI for alltheir support over the last few years. I thank the president for organisingsuch a wonderful function to appreciate the team’s performance,” Gopi Chandsaid.

The teamwhich made history by winning India’s first ever gold medal in the mixed teamevent was presented with a cheque for Rs 50 lakh (Rs 5 lakh to each of the 10players).

The BAIawarded Rs 20 lakh to Saina Nehwal for winning the gold medal in the individualevent, and Rs 10 lakh each to 

PV Sindhuand K Srikanth for winning the silver medal in their respective events.

The youngmen’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, who etchedtheir name in

historybooks by becoming the first ever men’s doubles team from India to win a medalin the CWG, were

awarded Rs15 lakh (Rs 7.5 lakh each). 

The women’sdoubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and Sikki Reddy were also given Rs 7.5 lakh(Rs 3.75 lac each) for their bronze medal winning feat. The entire coachingstaff was also honoured for their contribution towards the historicachievement. Chief national coach Pullela

Gopichandwas felicitated with Rs 10 lakh while doubles foreign coach Tan Kim Her was

given Rs 3lakh. 

Assistantcoach Siyadath Ullah Siddiqui was given Rs 1.5 lakh while the trio of KIran,Johnson and Gayatri (all physios) were awarded Rs 1 lakh each.

The BAI tookthe opportunity to announce that it would be conducting a training camp for theyouth for the first time during the summer. 

The campwill be conducted under the guidance of legendary Prakash Padukone, who will beassisted by U Vimal Kumar. Junior national coach Sanjay Mishra will be theconvenor of the initiative.

ReiteratingBAI President’s vision, the association’s general secretary, Ajay K Singhania,said, “BAI’s aim is to not only excel internationally but also to reach out toevery corner of the country to tap fresh talent. The involvement of a top notchformer player like Prakash Padukone will only bolster the movement to find thebest future crop for India.”

The campwill be held at the Padukone-Dravid Centre of Excellence on the outskirts ofBangalore for a

period of 15days during the month of June and July in three batches, with each batchcomprising of 40

players. 

A total of120 kids (boys and girls included)  from across the country in the agebracket of U-13 and U-15 will

take part inthe camp. Each state federation will nominate four players (both boys &girls) and 16 kids will be shortlisted for further training with the best amongthem will even be sent for training abroad.


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