Sahara ropes in former All England champ as IBL coach for Lucknow franchise

Olympian Aparna Popat, a 10-time national champion, has been hired as the Mumbai Masters' coach for the league which will be held Aug 14-31.

updated: July 21, 2013 20:23 IST
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New Delhi: Sahara India, owners of the Lucknow Warriors, have roped in former All England Champion Muhammad Hafiz Hashim of Malaysia as a coach for the upcoming Indian Badminton League (IBL).

"I am really happy to be a part of this Indian Badminton League. I am always happy to see when the sport is being promoted be it anywhere in the world," the 30-year-old Hashim told IANS Sunday.

"In Asia, we have a few badminton leagues like in Indonesia, China and now we have the IBL in India. This is really good for badminton because this may lead to more leagues being created in Malaysia or Singapore and more countries will follow."

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