Badminton coach urges foreign participation

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:04 IST

Chief National Coach U Vimal Kumar says allowing foreign players to feature in Indian tournaments will enhance competitive levels.

Bangalore:

Dismissing suggestions that allowing foreign players to feature in Indian tournaments would hurt the interests of domestic talent, Chief National Coach U Vimal Kumar has said the move would in fact enhance competitive levels. He said during his playing days two decades back, shuttlers from Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand used to come and play test matches in India. "This benefitted us a lot and I thought to revive (foreign participation)," said Vimal. Noting that only top players from India were currently getting to play international badminton, he said when those from far-eastern countries also come, it would give a lot of exposure to other shuttlers as well. "Plus, the interest in India in badminton will also go up. The style of playing by southeast Asian players is very different. It would give a lot of flavour to Indian tournaments," he added. (PTI)

Topics : Badminton
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