Indoor badminton stadium a mixed blessing for players2 min read
Udupi: D.V. Sadananda Gowda, the new Chief Minister of Karnataka inaugurated the new Indoor Badminton Stadium at Ajjarkadu on August 21. Currently the venue for the Yonex Sunrise Karnataka State Junior Championship 2011, the stadium is a mixed blessing for the badminton enthusiasts in the area.
The state- of-the-art building boasts of a gym, five wooden floored badminton courts and a viewing arena. “It is very important for Udupi residents, as it is an indoor sport and since Udupi has heavy rainfall half of the year, most players are unable to play due to environmental disturbances.” said Raghupati Bhat, the local MLA and Head of the Badminton Association of Udupi.
However, many players in the championship seem ambivalent to the new stadium’s equipment. Apeksha Nayak the under-13 Girls Champion said, “My favourite court is the KBA court in Bangalore. It has ten courts, five each of wooden and synthetic courts. This stadium has no synthetic courts.” In response to this statement Prakash Kadavoor, District Secretary of the badminton stadium said, “The previous District Collector decided to build the stadium with cement floors and it was due to the persuasion of MLA Bhat that he decided to make them wooden floors.”
The stadium has a member ship fees for the regular players, but is free for children. Kadavoor said, “There have been a lot of demands for membership, the fees can even go from Rs. 5ooo to Rs. 2 lakh. The amount hasn’t been finalised. It will be done so by the end of this week.”
Talking about expansion plans, Bhat said, “There are plans for expansion, though not in the near future. We do hope to get a swimming pool and a synthetic track for the athletes. Meanwhile we do plan on using the stadium as a coaching centre for the residents of this area. We will sponsor up and coming players from this region using its facilities.”
Sub-edited by: Lijo Thampy