IDBI Federal Life Insurance has announced the selection of fourteen young badminton players under the IDBI Federal Quest for Excellence #YoungChamps programme. The #YoungChamps will undergo intensive training at the Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy in Hyderabad under the guidance of Pullela Gopichand and his professional team of coaches.
IDBI has also released the list of The #Young Champs, aged between 7 -11 years, and selected on the basis of their performance, fitness, attitude, agility, and footwork. The list includes Naishaa Kaur Bhatoye (Mumbai), D. Anudheep (Hyderabad), Sakshi Prakash (Dubai), R Sphoorty (Hyderabad), Showrya Kiran (Hyderabad), Shanay Patel (Ahmedabad), Sai Praavin S (Coimbatore), A Bhavesh Reddy (Telangana), Pawan Suresh (Karnataka), Tushit Kejriwal (Odisha), Abhinav Garg (Bangalore), Riyan Malhan (Dubai) and Charan Simha Reddy (Hyderabad).
Karthik Raman, CMO, IDBI Federal Life Insurance said, “We are delighted to announce the fourteen kids who are our first-ever IDBI Federal Quest For Excellence #YoungChamps. The four-week innovative training programme at the Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy will allow the elite team of coaches to hone in on specific areas of improvement for the overall development of each of the selected kids. Badminton legend, Pullela Gopichand himself will keep a close eye on every kid in the programme, as we seek to identify those whom we can nurture and develop to become India’s next badminton stars.”
Pullela Gopichand, Chief National Coach for the Indian Badminton team and Programme Head, IDBI Federal Quest For Excellence said, “I am thrilled to see such a tremendous response to the IDBI Federal Quest for Excellence #YoungChamps programme. It was extremely difficult to shortlist the twenty-six kids out of the thousand-plus entries that we received in the first round and it was even more difficult to select the final fourteen budding badminton players. All of them show immense promise and potential, and we will now work with each #YoungChamp to help them further develop their skills and gain confidence.”
The youngster, picked following a rigorous evaluation process, during the next stage of the #YoungChamps will train at the Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy for two weeks during the summer and winter vacations respectively. The training at the prestigious Gopi Chand Academy will also give the youngsters an opportunity to interact with and observe country’s top national and international players.
The selected youngsters also stand a chance to get a permanent enrolment for training at the Academy. The training will be sponsored by the IDBI Federal Quest For Excellence programme.