Prakash ready to join forces with Gopichand

Gopichand, Image: Getty
Bangalore, Feb 24: Badminton in India could be bracing up for a brighter future as according to reports by a leading daily, Indian legend Prakash Padukone has said that he is willing to work with national coach and another Indian legend P Gopichand. Gopichand is also a one-time student of Padukone.

The Times of India reported that, Padukone was ready to work with Gopichand to usher in a better future for the game of badminton in India. The daily quoted him as saying, "I would be open to the idea but a lot of things would have to be worked out to take any proposal forward."

Currently both of them are running two independent academies in Bangalore.

On suggestions that both their academies could be combined to form a single centre of excellence, which in turn can be an alternative to Badminton Association of India's training camp, Padukone said, "I am not really sure if it can shield the players since the final decision-making authority would still be BAI. I don't think coming together of the two academies would end infighting and factionalism", reported the Times of India.

On the economic prospect of bringing both their academies together, the daily quoted him as saying, "Even now, sponsors are supporting both academies but if all players come under one umbrella it will be easier to get bigger sponsorships. A lot of details will have to be worked out, however."

If the two of them do eventually decide to work together, then there can be no bigger a joy for aspiring badminton players.

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