Star Badminton Academy is helping the players back in Kolkata says the secretary

Biswas divulged Gopichand is involved in the academy's administrative matters including policy-making issues.

The secretary of the West Bengal Badminton Association (WBBA) Shekhar Biswas revealed he has now the most satisfactory news that the modern infrastructural facility of Star Badminton Academy is helping Bengal's potential badminton players who left the state, return to Bengal again. 

Biswas speaking to Parallel Sports recently, "I observed several potential shuttle players in recent years leaving Bengal for the states like Hyderabad, Bangalore, and Maharashtra to obtain advanced training within the modern infrastructure. As a secretary, I also initiated for many players of Bengal to get the best of the training in their respective states. But it was painful for me. Due to a lack of proper infrastructure, talented players of the state were compelled to leave Bengal. But with the introduction of Star Badminton Academy, the scenario is gradually changing. I can say 60 percent of the players like Saikat Banerjee, Rashika Das, and Aditya Mondol who left the state are coming back. It has been my one of the major achievements." 

Star Badminton Academy was introduced on 2nd July 2022. The three-storied building has got six wooden courts of international standard, an air-conditioned dormitory with the accommodation of 30 boys and 30 girls, an ultra-modern gym and everything is under the same roof. It has eight coaches under the leadership of Kaushik Pal and the coaching style as well as training module is completely guided by Pullela Gopichand Academy. 

Biswas divulged Gopichand is also involved in the academy's administrative matters including policy-making issues. The coaches from his Hyderabad academy come to Star Badminton Academy frequently to guide the students who are now 150 in number including boys and girls. The coaches of Star Badminton Academy also go to Hyderabad to learn modern coaching methods. 

Biswas added, "I am a professional builder. So, I could have gained huge money by constructing a multiplex here. I bought also the land with that motive initially. But later I changed my mind due to my passion for badminton and spent almost Rs 11 crore for the construction of this set-up. We already organize many tournaments in Bengal throughout the year. Now, after Star Badminton Academy has been set up we are going to organize three national-ranking competitions within this year."

Commenting on the academy boys' recent show at the national level, Biswas added, "In the under-13, and under-15 level a few of our students like Swayamduti Ghosh, Soumyadeep Chakrabarty, Sonakshi Mondol, Sampriti Pal have been representing India. Then, a selection trial is coming up from 16th July in Bangalore for the Asian Championship. A couple of our boys Ankit Mondol, and Asmit Agarwal will appear for trial. Sampriti Pal has already represented India in the Asian Championship. As a WBBA secretary, I dream of seeing the days when boys or girls from Star Badminton Academy will be in the senior Indian team." 

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