17th June 2024

The grand inauguration ceremony was attended by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Assam and BAI President Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma, Olympics champion badminton legend Taufik Hidayat, chief coach of Indian workforce Pullela Gopichand, members of the historic Thomas Cup-winning workforce, Hon’ble Minister of Sports activities and Youth Welfare, Assam, Nandita Gorlosa, Dalipkumar Seth, President, Dawn Group of Firms, Vivek Dewangan, CMD, REC and Vikram Dhar, Managing Director, Dawn Sports activities (India) together with key BAI officers.

 “This Nationwide Centre of Excellence was a dream. It has been a journey of seven lengthy years and I’m delighted that at the moment we not solely have the best excellence centre in India however top-of-the-line on the planet too. What’s much more heartening is that this shall be a part of Assam’s legacy and can revolutionise sports activities historical past of the area,” BAI President commented.

The Nationwide Centre of Excellence boasts of a formidable array of world-class amenities, together with the exceptional 16 courts designed to satisfy rigorous coaching wants of 60 athletes in part 1. As well as, the centre incorporates a 4,000 sq ft gymnasium with fashionable health gear, 60-bed hostel for gamers, a devoted 2,000 sq ft physiotherapy centre to make sure the athletes obtain utmost care and help to keep up their peak efficiency. 

Famend worldwide badminton coaches Indonesia’s Mulyo Handoyo, who shall be wanting into the event of singles gamers, former All England champion Russia’s Ivan Sozonov and Korea’s Park Tae-Sang shall be spearheading a robust teaching panel together with a string of Indian coaches, who may also be skilled and developed to satisfy the worldwide requirements. 

Indonesian legend Hidayat praised BAI’s step to bolster the badminton motion  within the nation, “This Nationwide Centre of Excellence has good amenities and is greater. I hope extra junior gamers from India will change into huge gamers like Gopichand, Sindhu, Saina. I hope I can come once more within the close to future. Good luck to Indians and in addition gamers from Assam.”

Unfold throughout a humongous space of 40,000 sq. toes with cutting-edge amenities, the centre comes as a big milestone for Indian badminton because it redefines badminton coaching and in addition empowers the nation’s superb future within the sport. Sanjay Mishra, Normal Secretary of BAI, stated: “The fashionable day amenities on this centre will present a complete ecosystem that nurtures athletes, coaches and sports activities professionals to succeed in their full potential. It is going to contribute considerably to the expansion of sports activities by creating an surroundings that promotes excellence and innovation. We additionally plan to broaden this centre additional to assist practice extra gamers in future.”

“This centre comes as testomony to BAI’s imaginative and prescient of taking Indian badminton to the following degree. I’m assured that this may play a catalyst to many successes that shall be seen within the time to return,” India’s ace shuttler Kidambi Srikanth commented. The jam packed stadium additionally witnessed high Indian badminton stars Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, Vishnuvardhan Goud Panjala, Krishna Prasad Garaga and Dhruv Kapila enjoying an thrilling exhibition match for the individuals current.

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