Bangladesh shuttlers prefer money over training


Bangladesh’s shuttlers have often complained about the absence of a quality foreign coach, but when they got one finally they took no time turn their back.
Only four shuttlers out of 13 reported on the opening day of a two-month long training camp of the national players conducted by Malaysian coach Arvind Varma at the Shaheed Tajuddin Ahmed Indoor Stadium on Monday.
Badminton Asia sent Varma to train Bangladeshi players before the Yonex-Sunrise Bangladesh International Challenge and Bangladesh International Junior held in December.
Considering the performance of Bangladeshi players in the tournament, Varma called up 13 shuttlers – eight men and five women – for a two-month training.
But, apart from Shapla Akter, Urmi Akter, Md Shuvo and Zumar Amin no one turned up on the opening day. Minhazuddin Ahmed, who is not in 13-member list, also attended the training.
Bangladesh Badminton Federation officials said players sought some time citing personal reasons and examinations to join the camp, though it was learned that most of the players opted to play a tournament in Sylhet instead of joining the camp.
As the federation does not provide any allowance to attend the camp, players gave Sylhet tournament a priority than the national camp, said the insiders.
The Malaysian coach though did not express his dissatisfaction over the poor attendance of the shuttlers but he hoped that more players would join by next week.
BBF general secretary Amir Hossain Bahar said that some of the players would join the camp after examinations and solving their family problems.
Varma also called for more support from players.
‘First of all I want to focus on the fitness level which is low because they are not maintaining their own fitness,’ Varma told reporters on Monday.
‘The players have great potential but they need proper support from federation, sponsors and the families,’ added Varma, who also coached Pakistani shuttlers under the same programme of Badminton Asia.
Varma, however, insisted that two months were not sufficient to help a player raise his standard.
‘You can’t see the progress within two months. If the training continues round the year, then the development will be visible,’ he said.
‘I think your local coaches are also good and the federation should continue the training to develop the shuttlers.’