Pullela Gopichand to mentor The Sports School Anup Sridhar Badminton Academy in Bangalore

Gopichand to focus on a concrete mentorship role post the Olympics

The Sports School aims to open in Hyderabad early next year

Hyderabad, February 24: Built with the vision to inspire the next generation of world-class student-athletes, The Sports School aims to create a culture and environment where sports and education come together. Established in June 2019, The Sports School, Bangalore aims to recognise the abundance of young talent in the country and provide them the opportunity to train under proven champions in world class facilities without compromising on their academic needs.

With their efforts to strengthen India’s future as a sporting powerhouse, The Sports School has brought on board Rohan Bopanna Tennis Academy for tennis, Bengaluru Football Club for football and Center for Cricketing Excellence for cricket with Robin Uthappa as advisor and Jain Group of Institutions for education.

With plans to open in Hyderabad early next year, they have now partnered with Anup Sridhar Badminton Academy for Badminton. While Sridhar has been providing training for beginners, intermediate and for professionals, The Sports School has strengthened its offering by associating with coach extraordinaire, Pullela Gopichand as its Mentor to the badminton program, who has expressed his desire to take on a concrete role of mentorship post the Tokyo Olympics.

“Since its inception, The Sports School has made the perfect amalgamation of Sports and Education a priority for student-athletes to mould them into well-rounded champions. In Anup, we have someone who has played the game at the highest level and a proven new-age coach. Pullela Gopichand was a champion player himself and the best badminton coach we have ever had. I am very excited for our student-athletes as they now have these two legends guiding them.” said Dr. Chenraj, Chairman, The Sports School.

The group has been a pathbreaker in bettering the physical literacy of the country, which is why they have plans to tie up with close to 200 institutions across India to lend the expertise and bring together education and sporting excellence.

“I have been following the work of The Sports School quite closely. Their vision is very much aligned with mine. I have known Anup Sridhar for the last two decades, both as player and Coach. I am delighted to work closely with Anup at The Sports School in our goal to making India a dominating force in world badminton,” said Gopichand, India’s Chief National Badminton Coach, who underlined the importance of inculcating student-athletes the values of sports and education.

India’s most successful badminton coach, who has been instrumental in bringing India two prized Olympic medals, made it known that he wants to utilise his experience and expertise in building India as a sporting superpower by nurturing the infrastructure, ecosystem and the coaches.

“Post the Olympics, I would want to move away and dedicate my time on a mentor role and would be working towards developing the coaches through the coaches programme,” the former All England Open champion added.

The Sports School’s mission of producing Olympic medallists for the country has been bolstered after a collaboration with leading education group, the Jain Group of Institutions, whose vision is to empower talent through its blend of academic rigour and sports.

With such elite alumni, Rohan Bopanna, cricketers Manish Pandey and KL Rahul have all passed out from the Jain Group of Schools and are doing exceedingly well in their respective fields with the right kind of support they received from the school.

“For any institution to flourish, consolidation and expansion are absolutely essential. When you talk about badminton, Hyderabad is the first name that comes to one’s mind. We definitely have the city in our plans in the next expansion phase which is early next year, along with Mumbai and north-east in the following five years” said Mr Srinivas, Founder of The Sports School and Director of Kalpen Ventures

The carefully designed 12 indoor synthetic courts is on track to open in May 2020. The badminton hall includes a state-of-the-art gym, recovery and counselling rooms and a game review room. The badminton program also includes mental conditioning coaches, physiotherapists, nutritionist to ensure all the needs of a professional athlete are provided in one facility.

With Arjuna awardees Pankaj Advani and Shikha Tandon on the advisory board along with the state-of-the-art facilities and professional partners, The Sports School is here to inspire budding talents and change the sporting landscape of the country.

About The Sports School:

The Sports School was built with the vision to inspire the next generation of world-class student-athletes and to bring happiness to children through sports. Started in June 2019, India’s first-ever dedicated sports school allows students to pursue their sporting dreams without compromising on academics and has been the proud recipient of the Best Professional Services company in the field of Sports at FICCI awards in December 2019.

The Sports School is spread over a 25-acre campus and is equipped with state-of-the-art gym, strength conditioning coaches, counsellors, nutritionists, physiotherapists, nurses, residential facility to provide a holistic training for the

student-athletes. The school has partnered with sporting greats and professionals across each sport to provide the best-in-class training and they are –

- Rohan Bopanna Tennis Academy for Tennis
- Bengaluru Football Club for Football
- Anup Sridhar Badminton Academy for Badminton in association with Pullela   

  Gopichand as Mentor
- Center for Cricketing Excellence for cricket with Robin Uthappa as advisor
- NBA for Basketball
- Jain Group of Institutions, one of the leading education groups, to provide a tailor-

  made academic program suited for the needs of a student-athlete.

Teen table tennis prodigy Hansini wins bronze in maiden international event in Sweden

Sharath Kamal & Sathiyan win silver at Hungarian Open

New Delhi, February 23: In her maiden appearance at an International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) junior circuit event, Chennai’s table tennis prodigy, Mathan Rajan Hansini put up an impressive performance by bagging the bronze medal in the Mini-Cadet Girls’ Singles category at the Swedish Junior and Cadet Open in Orebro, Sweden yesterday. The 10-year-old Class V student started her main draw challenge after a couple of wins in the group stages before going down to Russia’s Iuliia Pugovkina 12-10, 9-11, 5-11, 8-11 in a gruelling semi-final match.

In the main draw, she beat Russia’s Aleksandra Bokova 12-10, 9-11, 9-11, 3-11 in the Round of 16 and notched up a commanding 11-3, 12-10, 11-9 win over Isha Bajpai of the USA in the quarter-finals.

Under the tutelage of Muralidhara Rao, who has experience of coaching top paddlers in the country such as Sharath Kamal and K Shamini, the 2028 Olympic medal prospect has been honing her skills at the Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT)-backed SDAT AKG Table Tennis Development Centre in Chennai. It has helped her make rapid strides in the sport as validated by her bronze medal win in cadet girls’ singles at the 2019 UTT 81st National Table Tennis Championships.
Meanwhile, in the Cadet Girls’ Singles section, another of India’s upcoming talents, Suhana Saini reached the Round of 16 while in the Cadet Boys’ Singles section, rising star Suresh Raj Preyesh too made it to the pre-quarters.

The Super Saturday for Indian paddlers continued even in the seniors when the men’s doubles pair of Achanta Sharath Kamal and Gnanasekaran Sathiyan clinched a silver medal at the 2020 ITTF World Tour Hungarian Open in Budapest. The pair put in a strong effort but eventually went down fighting 5-11, 9-11, 11-8, 9-11 to the 16th seeds Benedikt Duda and Patrick Franziska of Germany in a 30-minute summit showdown.

Sathiyan and Sharath Kamal had been splendid all week and had even accounted for the top seeds Ho Kwan Kit and Wong Chun Ting of Hong Kong in a hard-fought 3-2 victory in the semi-finals.

This is Sharath Kamal’s second medal from this prestigious tournament as he also went on to win a bronze in mixed doubles in partnership with Manika Batra.

Ansal Yadav, Ira Sharma emerge champions at Senior Ranking Tournament in Bareilly

Goa’s Crasto & Chattisgarh’s Bhatnagar taste mixed doubles glory

Aparna Balan & Arathi Sara Sunil upset 7th seeds in women’s doubles

Bareilly, February 24: Continuing his good form from the just-concluded Premier Badminton League, Ansal Yadav soared to take the men’s singles title while seventh seed Ira Sharma caused an upset to emerge the women’s singles champion at the Yonex-Sunrise Dr. Akhilesh Das Gupta Memorial All India Senior Ranking Badminton Tournament 2020 here at Bareilly today.

The third-seeded Yadav showed his confidence in his strong 21-17, 21-19 win over the 15th seed Harsheel Dani in 38 minutes. The Varanasi shuttler was a part of the two-time champions Bengaluru Raptors’ squad and impressed in his PBL debut with a gutsy display against Pune 7 Aces’ World No. 74 Kazumasa Sakai.

In women’s singles, Sharma’s win a testimony of her stamina and fighting spirit. Second seed Vaidehi Choudhari came back after a slow start but that could not deter the former junior national champion as she finished off the 21-18, 15-21, 21-11 win in 57 minutes.

The women’s doubles category also witnessed an upset as the unseeded pair of Aparna Balan and Arathi Sara Sunil stunned the seventh seeds Sahithi Bandi and Tanisha Crasto 21-13, 21-18. The Goa girl, Crasto, however, tasted glory earlier in mixed doubles when she partnered Chattisgarh’s Ishaan Bhatnagar to the mixed doubles title. The eighth seeds put up a clinical performance in their 21-17, 21-16 win against the fifth seeds Sanjai Srivatsa and Anoushka Parikh.

In men’s doubles, second seeds Utkarsh Arora and Saurabh Sharma took the title in a brilliant 21-18, 21-18 win against third seeds and veterans Rupesh Kumar KT and V. Diju. 


બાઈકર્સ ગ્રુપે શહેરના અમદાવાદ વન મૉલ ખાતે માર્ગ સલામતી જાગૃતીની પ્રતિજ્ઞા લીધી

માર્ગ સલામતી ઝુંબેશ હાથ ધરવા નેક્સસ મૉલે વીરાઈડ (WERIDE) અને મહારાષ્ટ્ર રોડ સેફટી સેલ સાથે હાથ મિલાવ્યા

અમદાવાદ : નેકસસ મૉલ સામાજીક અસર ઉભી કરે તેવી ભાગીદારી અને સહયોગમાં હંમેશાં અગ્રેસર રહ્યો છે. હાલમાં તેણે મહારાષ્ટ્ર રોડ સેફટી સેલ અને ભારતમાં માર્ગ સલામતી જાગૃતી માટે દેશભરમાં હાજરી ધરાવતા જાણીતા બાઈકર ગ્રુપ વેરાઈડ સાથે હાથ મિલાવ્યા છે.

આ ઝુંબેશને ઈન્સપેકટર જનરલ ઓફ પોલિસ શ્રી આર. કે. જાડેજાએ બાપાનો બગીચો થલતેજથી લીલી ઝંડી આપી હતી. ક્રૂઝ ઈન્ડીયા બાઈકર્સ  સવારે 9-00 કલાકે અમદાવાદ વન મૉલ, ખાતે પોહચ્યા હતા અને માર્ગ સલામતી જાગૃતીની પ્રતિજ્ઞા લીધી હતી.  તે પછી તે અન્ય રાજ્યોના પ્રવાસ તરફ આગળ વધ્યા હતા.

આ ઝુંબેશ હેઠળ ક્રૂઈઝ ઈન્ડીયાનુ એક રાઈડર્સનુ ગ્રુપ  ગુજરાત, મહારાષ્ટ્ર, રાજસ્થાન, ઉત્તર પ્રદેશ, મધ્ય પ્રદેશ,  રાજસ્થાન અને દિલ્હીનો પ્રવાસ કરીને શાળા અને કોલેજો તથા શોપિંગ મૉલ્સ અને શહેરોની ગલીઓમાં માર્ગ સલામતીનો સંદેશ આપશે. બાઈકર્સ સ્થાનિક રાઈડર્સની સાથે મળીને પુના, મુંબઈ, અમદાવાદ, જયપુર ઈન્દોર અને નવી દિલ્હીમાં  રોડ સેફટી રેલીમાં સામેલ થશે.

આ ઝુંબેશનો ઉદ્દેશ બાઈકર્સને ટ્રાફિકના નિયમોનુ પાલન કરીને  દેશમાં માર્ગ અકસ્માતો તથા એને કારણે થતાં મૃત્યુમાં ઘટાડો કરવાનો છે. આ ઉપરાંત રોડ ઉપરનો શિષ્ટાચાર અને વર્તણુકનુ મહત્વ સમજાવવાનો પણ છે.

આકાશદિપ સીંઘ, નાઉલ, સેન્ટર ડિરેકટર, અમદાવાદ વન મૉલ, જણાવે છે કે “એક સામાજીક જવાબદારી ધરાવતા મૉલ તરીકે અમારા તમામ ગ્રાહકોમાં માર્ગ સલામતી અંગે જાગૃતી ફેલાવવી તે અમારી જવાબદારી છે. આ ઝુંબેશ જેવા પ્રયાસોથી વાહન ચલાવતી વખતે સાવચેત રહેવાનો સંદેશ ફેલાશે. માત્ર અમદાવાદ વન મૉલ જ નહી પણ અમારા પોર્ટફોલિયોના અન્ય મૉલ જેવા કે સીવુડ ગ્રાન્ડ સેન્ટ્રલ, ધ પેવેલિયન, વેસ્ટર્ન મૉલ અને ટ્રેઝર આઈલેન્ડ જેવા મૉલ  પણ રરાષ્ટ્રવ્યાપી ઝુંબેશ હાથ ધરતા આ રાઈડર્સના યજમાન બનશે.  અમે અમારા તમામ ગ્રાહકોને તે જ્યારે રોડ પર હોય ત્યારે ટ્રાફિકના નિયમોના પાલનની ખાત્રી આપી તેમને સમર્થન પૂરૂ પાડવા  આમંત્રણ આપીએ છીએ.“