Former national coach Vimal Kumar visits Sports Hub

For the young shuttlers at the Sports Hub Academy at Kariavattom, Sunday provided unforgettable moments.

Published: 14th May 2018 01:35 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th May 2018 06:04 AM   |  A+A-

Former Indian badminton player Vimal Kumar offers tips to young players at the Sports Hub, Kariavattom,in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday | express

By Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:For the young shuttlers at the Sports Hub Academy at Kariavattom, Sunday provided unforgettable moments.They got an opportunity to train with U Vimal Kumar, one of India’s top badminton players who subsequently served as the chief national coach. The session, which began at 1 pm at the indoor courts of the Sports Hub, lasted till 4.30 pm. Vimal drew attention to the fact the facilities at the Sports Hub were of international standards, a matter of pride to the entire country.

‘’The youngsters here are fortunate in having such facilities for their training. In our younger days we had to do with a lot less,’’ he said. National champion in 1988 and 1989, Vimal represented India in the Barcelona Olympics in 1992. At one time, he was ranked among the top 20 players in the world.
After his days as a top-notch player, he served as the chief national coach for the Indian badminton team for several years. Later, he trained youngsters at the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy and has coached, among others, Saina Nehwal.

On Sunday, the former champion also had a word of advice for parents. Great care should be given to children aged four to six. At that stage, they should be encouraged to rise early, eat good food and train. They are capable of looking after their needs once they turn older, he said.Vimal visited the Sports Hub as part of the ‘Sports Icon’ visits organised by the Sports Hub Academy. At the moment, nearly 1,000 children are being coached at the academy.

Stay up to date on all the latest Thiruvananthapuram news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp