Gaurav Khanna, the man who changed para badminton scene recommended for Dronacharya | Badminton News – Times of India


HYDERABAD: From an RPF commando to a Dronacharya, the lifetime of Gaurav Khanna is an inspiration for a lot of.
After lacking out thrice, the coach who helped para shuttlers win 340 worldwide medals, which additionally embody world championship golds, produced world No.1 gamers has been lastly honoured with the Dronacharya.
“Lastly, I obtained this recognition. I missed it thrice however I’m actually glad to get it now. Typically you want this form of motivation. After working laborious for therefore a few years and producing outcomes and getting no rewards, your loved ones will get demotivated. As a result of I’ve taken their time and have spent it elsewhere. Now, they’re glad,” stated Khanna, who reworked the para badminton scene in India.
Moved by the plight of a number of deaf kids, Khanna, a former nationwide badminton participant, inspired them in no matter means he may. He quickly recognized their expertise and inspired them to take up badminton. Having the ability bodied it’s robust to be taught signal language. However Khanna had overcome that barrier with ease. He quickly grew to become the nationwide coach of the deaf badminton group.
Later, he was nominated as coach for the Asian group within the continental championships. In 2013, inside rumblings affected the functioning of the nationwide para badminton affiliation. Khanna was supplied the put up of chief coach of the para group in 2015. From then on there was no wanting again.
When he took over, there was not even a single nationwide camp to coach the gamers. There was no correct base nor sponsors. “I managed to organise a camp at SAI Gandhinagar earlier than the 2015 world championships. We received 13 medals that yr,” Khanna stated, including that the participant base for para badminton was very much less.
“For the nationals we used to get solely 40-50 gamers. However by Bangalore nationals in 2017 we had 150 gamers. The following yr at Varanasi we had 235 entries and in 2019 at Uttarakhand we had greater than 300 entries,” Khanna stated.
Whereas there’s nonetheless no readability on which in a position bodied shuttler would characterize India on the Tokyo Olympics, 5 para shuttlers have already certified. When all of the quotas are finalised there could also be two extra qualifiers as properly. “I’m anticipating six to seven gamers due to the restrictions now we have. However one factor is bound, all those that qualify will win medals,” the chief coach stated.
One other attention-grabbing contribution of Khanna is that he managed to safe sponsors for para shuttlers. “The federal government is supporting us now. Furthermore, we’re additionally getting particular person sponsors. Go Sports activities Basis is supporting 5 gamers, Olympic Gold Quest six and Wellspun two. Curiously, 75 para shuttlers are a part of the Khelo India programme,” Khanna stated. From a stage the place there have been no correct coaching amenities, para shuttlers at the moment are having coaches, physios and trainers.
A full fledged para badminton academy, named after him, is developing in Lucknow.


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