Sidek camp ends in Bangalore

updated: February 25, 2007 08:37 IST
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The one-month long special coaching camp for India's top badminton doubles players by Malaysian coach Rafiz Sidek undertaken by the Sports Authority of India in Bangalore ends this week. Sixteen of the top doubles players in India stayed put under one roof for the last one month and coached under the former World Champion badminton player. Their strokes a month later demonstrated the impact of the four-week training. Shruti S Kurien, Indian doubles player, said, "We've learnt new techniques and he's pointed out the finer points of the game - how to smash the angle and our positioning, how to stand when the shuttle is in certain places and we've been doing specific weight training only for doubles and speed work and lots of court craft." "We are already at the end of the camp and I'm very pleased with the performance of the players and I'm also very pleased with their motive and desire to learn and to train hard and I hope they can maintain it," said Sidek on his part. This is the first time that players under the age of 23 were all brought together and trained in this manner by a foreign coach. V Diju, world number 25 in doubles, said, "If we get one or two months more we'll get good improvement in our game and the Indian game will improve." Doubles in the sport in India has largely been an ignored one and coaching camps like this would go a long way to pick up the game of these youngsters.