The Badminton Association of India (BAI) has enlisted the services of Mulyo Handoyo from Indonesia, Ivan Sozonov from Russia, and Park Tae Sang from South Korea as the new foreign coaches. These three coaches will be part of the team at the BAI National Centre of Excellence in Guwahati, Assam. The inauguration of the center is scheduled for Friday and will witness the participation of India’s victorious Thomas Cup team.
Handoyo and Sozonov, who clinched the men’s doubles title at the 2016 All England Open alongside Vladimir Ivanov, are set to lead as head coaches for singles and doubles categories. Park, renowned for coaching PV Sindhu to her Olympic medal victory in Tokyo, will assume the role of the ‘overseas coach’.
The originator of the national center idea is Himanta Biswa Sarma, the president of BAI. Established as a collaborative project involving the Assam Government and BAI, the center boasts 24 courts, accommodations, and a 3000-seater arena.
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The upcoming national center will be responsible for monitoring the advancement of emerging Indian talents. Sozonov’s name emerged as the primary candidate for the position of India’s doubles coach in December.
After hockey, BAI stands as the second national sports federation to establish a national center for excellence.