Domestic circuit needs to be strengthened: Prakash
He also suggested a national badminton league on a much smaller scale than cricket's IPL.other Updated: Jul 21, 2008 18:24 IST
The domestic badminton circuit for senior shuttlers needs a revamp to improve the standard of the game in the country, feels former All England champion Prakash Padukone.
"There are only four or five tournaments for seniors which is not enough. The domestic structure needs to be strengthened to enable the emerging players who are not yet into the international circuit improve their game," said the shuttle legend at a media conference here today.
"I had written to the BAI (Badminton Association of India) that such a structure is important to build a second line. To produce quality players the right mixture of camps and tournaments is needed and a good domestic structure is the key to success," he explained.
"When I started shuttle badminton was not very popular in south India and I had to struggle. The main reason of starting an academy is to see that the players of today don't have to undergo the hardships which I underwent. My aim is to produce players like Rudy Hartono (Indonesia) who won the All England crown eight times," he said.
The 1980 All England men's singles winner picked out AP as the state which stands at the top of the heap in the Indian badminton hierarchy while placing his own home state of Karnataka in the second spot.
He also suggested a national badminton league on a much smaller scale than cricket's IPL.
"A national league, on a smaller scale than the IPL and on the lines of Danish or Swedish league will definitely help", he said.