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Nikhil Kanetkar trains youths in Kolkata

Posted on Feb 17 2014 | IBNS

By Hashir Mohammed Khaled, Kolkata , Feb 14 : Olympian, Commonwealth Silver medalist and Indian ace shuttler, Nikhil Kanetkar on Friday conducted a clinic-cum-workshop in association with the Bengal Badminton Academy, for aspiring youths who are striving hard to become a shuttler and represent their country, here at the Ordnance Club.

Leading shuttlers representing the state level badminton team like Sheshadri Sanyal, Rupsa Ghosh, Rajdeep Mitra, Esha Ghosh and Arunita Basu along with 100 other youths participated in the workshop.

Nikhil Kanetkar, a Maharashtra player from Pune, participated in the 2004 Summer Olympic, held in Athens, where he defeated Spanish opponent Sergio Llopis in the First round of Men's single, but unfortunately was defeated by Peter Gade of Denmark in the round of 16.

Apart from this, Kanetkar also has a Silver medal in his bag which he had clinched in the year 1998 at Commonwealth Games held in Malaysia.

Kanetkar initiated the clinic cum workshop with a light warm-up exercise.

Then he played badminton with every aspiring participants present here, and gave them tips whenever they committed an error.

Kanetkar further vowed to visit again in order to guide the budding badminton players of the Academy.

Addressing to the media, Kanetkar said, "I am thrilled to see the enthusiasm that the youths of this academy has and passion about the badminton sports the kids have."

Nikhil went on to say that the trainers have done a terrific job and appreciated them who nurtured the youths about the sports.

He said, "The Indian Badminton League (IBL) became the biggest boost for the young Indians who get an opportunity to play with the professionals and showcase their talent."

"Nowadays, the players have the confidence that can do good in the field at the international level," he added.

Kanetkar said, "At present I am focusing on grass court level in Maharashtra, where I am enabling the kids to develop, which is my only aim."

Talking about the Bengal Badminton Academy, Kanetkar said, "The youths over here has lots of enthusiasm, they are agile, bustling and talented which needs to be nurtured."

He added, "Apart from this, the Bengal Badminton Academy (BBA) needs a good sports facility, where at least there are 4 to 5 courts. Things will not work by simply having two courts."

Kanetkar said, "The aspiring badminton players should focus on enjoying the games, giving their best and needs to keep working hard. The should keep giving their best and not think of winning or loosing the games."

After the workshop, Kanetkar was felicitated by the BBA and was handed memento by Rajesh Pandey, IAS, Sports Secretary, West Bengal; former Davis Cup winner Enrico Piperno and Dipa Chattopadhyay, former state badminton champion of West Bengal.

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