The final para badminton event was held final February in Peru. In that occasion world No.1 Pramod Bhagat (SL 3) gained two gold medals whereas world No.5 Sukant Kadam (SL 4) clinched a silver.
With the dates for the Dubai Para Badminton Worldwide introduced (March 29 to April 4), the 2 shuttlers are coaching exhausting underneath coach Gaurav Khanna on the Sports Authority of India (SAI) coaching camp.
Pramod is set to do properly within the forthcoming event in addition to the Paralymmpics in Tokyo.
“We’re very pleased that we’d be enjoying aggressive event after a niche of 1 12 months. Now we have began coaching exhausting because the Paralympics are approaching. Throughout your entire lockdown we had been coaching at our properties and had been additionally in contact with our coach Gaurav Khanna sir, who helped us to be in good condition,” Pramod mentioned.
His compatriot Sukant mentioned that he’s focusing extra on psychological power. “I’ve been coaching on psychological power within the lockdown as we have now to function in Paralympics. Final 12 months I gained a silver and now I need to win the gold within the Dubai Para Badminton Event,” Sukant mentioned.
Describing lockdown as a troublesome part, coach Gaurav Khanna mentioned, “Lockdown was a troublesome part for all of us, however each Pramod and Sukant had been recurrently in contact via Zoom calls with not solely me but additionally physios and all different officers. We additionally created a WhatsApp group the place they had been updating their day by day schedule. Regardless of the Covid-19 risk, each these gamers have shifted their base to Lucknow the place a bubble is created for the Indian crew.”
Khanna added that they’re now specializing in talent correction.
“Now we have procured all kinds of kit for our Olympic athletes. The main target now’s on talent correction and health. The para athletes had been supported by SAI, OGQ and Go Sports activities Basis throughout the lockdown. SAI has been enjoying an essential function by not solely serving to the athletes financially, but additionally organising the coaching camp,” Khanna mentioned.