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The Malaysian Indian Sports and Culture Foundation (MISCF) and DHRRA Malaysia, a NGO committed towards uplifting the social problems amongst Indians in Malaysia, organised a seminar – Developing a Badminton Champion – at the KR Soma Hall in Kuala Lumpur.


MISCF & DHRRA Malaysia are committed in developing youth in sports sector targeting 10 main sports. Badminton is one of them. These partner have done a blue print which carries a 10 year plan of development at all levels.

Mr.Saravanan President of DHRRA and Mr.T Mohan President of MISCF, instated this programme in order to develop Indian badminton champion like our late Dato Punch Gunalan.


About 30 badminton coaches as well as officials attended the programme. MISCF executive director A. Thanabalan, a former national player and New Zealand chief coach, said the forum was to discuss the issues in the development of badminton at grassroots.

“We had invited speakers well versed in the field to share their ideas with the participants. The participants were also welcomed to provide feedback,’’ said Thanabalan.

The main speaker was Mohan Subramaniam, currently attached with the US Badminton. The topics he touched were – the badminton recipe, the game approach and developing top juniors.

Venugopal Mahalingam, who is with the Badminton World Federation (BWF), explained on the importance of developing a system for badminton.

Dr Annathurai gave a insight on Sports Science in a Box – planning, coaching, principle, mental skills and nutrition; what it takes to develop badminton champions in the Indian community.

Former General Manager of Badminton Asia Confederation talked about the current trend change in the game.

Former international P. Kantharoopan (the badminton athlete) and Jivananthan Nair former General Manager of Badminton Asia Confederation (play trends) also spoke on their experience as a player and administrator.