IBAK successfully conducts its 12th Coaching Module – Organizers hope to promote game and impart badminton skills to youngsters

Winners pose with their trophies and certificates
Winners pose with their trophies and certificates

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 26: Following the successful completion of the Third PSC-GCC Open Invitational tournament, the Indian Badminton Association of Kuwait (IBAK), an affiliate of the Kuwait Badminton Federation successfully conducted the 12th Coaching Module.

According to the organizers, the main idea behind organizing coaching modules is promote to the game and impart the sporting skills of badminton to youngsters. Although a majority of the participants were young ‘boys’ and ‘girls’, most of them school students. the module also attracted a few adults who were keen to improve/sharpen their skills.

In the past, IBAK has conducted 11 coaching modules and successfully trained more than 750 trainees.

In the Coaching Module 12 more than 90 children participated whose ages ranged between 6 and 18. The coaching module 12 witnessed more than 90 kids between the ages 6 to 18.

The month-long training which kicked off on July 16 was conducted by Ilaya Raja who is a professional trainer and an elite badminton player himself who is well-known in badminton circles and is said to have conducted many coaching camps and helped scores of children to improve their badminton skills in India.

Raja who hails from the southern part of India, is expected to be the permanent resident coach for IBAK.

As envisaged by the Chairman of IBAK Dr Mani Mara Chozhan, IBAK will resume full-fledged training for the advance level children throughout the year beginning from the second week of October 2016.

The children will then be selected based on their skills and commitment for the game. The selected children will undergo rigorous training including fitness training and mould them into professional players.

In addition, a separate training module will be organized for the beginners for 3 months beginning from Oct 15, 2016. The program will also have a provision to include adult players who want to improve their badminton skills.

As a part of assessment of module 12, a tournament was conducted at the end of the coaching camp comprising 41 matches and the winners, runners-up, and semifinalists in their respective categories are as below:

Flight 1 — Dhruva Bharadwaj (winner), Ashwin Jaishankar (runner-up), Jay Shah and Samuel were the losing semifinalists

Flight 2 — Mrudhuksha Das (winner) Mehvesh (runner-up), Faheema Sheik and Fiona Cabral were the losing semifinalits

Flight 3 — Arden Sumesh (winner), Addison Sumesh (runner-up), Aadhya Shine and Jagan were the losing semifinalists

Flight 4 — Aman (winner), Karl (runner-up), Skandhan Manimara Chozhan and Mahit were the losing semifinalists.

Flight 5 — Faith Yufei Mou (winner), Advay Pradeep (runner-up), Esther R.M and Shaza were the losing semifinalists.

Men’s competition — Supreet (winner), Moh’d Sheik (runner-up), Aneesh Mathew and Bijikesh were the losing semifinalists.

IBAK coaching team consists of Dr Manimara Chozhan, Ajay Kumar Vasudevan, Ramesh Chandra, Shyam Sadhwani, Mohammed Sirajudeen, Yashin Bose, Prasad, and Sreenivas Sreedhara.

By Paul Francis X. Fernandes

Arab Times Staff

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