KARACHI: The Pakistan Badminton Federation (PBF) has decided to hire a foreign coach for national players gearing up for the South Asian Games in New Delhi that take place in February next year.
The national camp for the multi-sporting event will begin in Islamabad from November 6 where probables will undergo training under various coaches.
However, according to PBF Secretary Imtiaz Ahmed, a foreign coach will be hired to impart training to players in the later stages of the camp that will spread over a couple of weeks.
“We have requested the Asian Badminton Federation (ABF) to provide us with a competent coach,” Ahmed told The Express Tribune. “If we are unable to receive a positive response from ABF, we will seek the services of a coach from China.”
The PBF secretary added that 22 probables, including both male and female players, will attend the camp.
“Our list is primarily composed of youngsters, with a few seniors also taking part.”
PBF to organise two local tournaments
According to Ahmed, the PBF has also confirmed the organisation of two domestic tournaments in preparation for the South Asian Games.
The Punjab Inter District Badminton Championship will be held from November 28 to December 2 in Rawalpindi followed by the Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed National Championship in Larkana from December 8 to December 14.
The secretary added that the PBF was planning to host an Asian level event in Islamabad in March next year.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 3rd, 2012.