(From left) Karthik Raman, and Vighnesh Shahane, CMO and CEO of IDBI Federal Life Insurance and Pullela Gopichand at the launch of ‘YoungChamps Campaign’ in Mumbai on Wednesday
Mumbai: Backing the view of shuttle ace Prakash Padukone, India's national badminton coach, Pullela Gopichand, on Wednesday said sports coaches need to be respected and rewarded for new players to emerge.
"I completely agree with Prakash sir. It's very important that coaches need to be looked at," Gopichand said here. "Coaches need to be respected, coaches need to be rewarded, coaches need to be awarded and people should be motivated to take up coaching," said Gopichand on the sidelines of the function to announce a grass-roots talent hunt plan by his academy with IDBI Federal Life Insurance.
Gopichand expressed concerns over the cramped international calendar of the Badminton World Federation. Meanwhile, IDBI Federal Life Insurance Quest for Excellence & Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy will give ample opportunities to budding players through ‘YoungChamps’, which is a three-week contest open to Under-10 boys and girls.
Those who top will be mentored by Gopichand at PGBA. Vighnesh Shahane, CEO, IDBI Federal Life Insurance, said, “We want this initiative to be a launch pad for the stars of tomorrow.”