During this time of COVID-19 lockdown, everything is happening virtually through different apps like Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp, and many more. Events like meetings, schools, therapy, and training are happening online.
The Sports Authority of India (SAI) has organized the first online para-badminton webinar to ensure that in this lockdown period the popularity of para-badminton keeps on growing. They want to boost up the confidence level of players. The online event was attended by over 300 para-badminton players from nine countries outside India.
The moderator of the session was the President of the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI), Deepa Malik. There was a lecture given by India Head Coach Gaurav Khanna on the basics of the game.
Topics like how many achievements have made by the Indian players on the international stage till now, major competitions, history of para-badminton as well as the equipment, and the rules were covered by coach Khanna at the session. According to Coach Khanna, one hour long was not enough to cover all aspects of training. The SAI is looking forward to making this session into regular sessions for all para-sports.
Sukant Kadam who was an SL4 shuttler and Arjuna awardee Manoj Sarkar were also among the para-athletes at the Indian para-badminton contingent. In the session, there were questions raised about the Paralympic qualifiers schedule which was not yet decided due to the COVID pandemic.
According to Manoj "the players were currently focused on staying positive. If we stay cheerful, then only we will be able to work towards our collective dream to succeed. For now, give time to your family and don’t stop training.”
In the meanwhile, Coach Khanna has a very important job to make sure that all the players be up to date with their training. Most of the players were being trained through online sessions at home, but some players are also at the academy in Lucknow.
With the other Indian players, there were players from Indonesia, Dubai, Malaysia, Brazil, Nepal, Thailand, Maldives, and China.
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