KATHMANDU, Aug 21: Tim Mawer, a badminton coach at the Mawer Badminton Academy in the United Kingdom, has teamed up with Kathmandu District Badminton Association (KDBA) to establish a badminton Academy in the Kathmandu.
Mawer has already set up badminton academies in Kolkata, Indian and Chittagong and Sylhet of Bangladesh. According to Mawer, he is committed for the development of badminton globally thus he wanted to set up academies.
"I want to develop this game around the globe and I had eyed to set academies in Nepal and Malaysia now," said Mawer at a press conference in the capital on Tuesday.
According to KDBA President Dipak Thapa, they were looking for site to construct the academy. "We are searching for suitable area for the construction of academy, if we don´t find public land, we are thinking of taking private land in lease. The construction work will begin within a month." said Thapa. He said the construction would finish within two years. Thapa has planned to train around 50 players in the academy. "We will hunt for players of U-13 and U-17 age groups and in three categories including beginners, intermediate and top players for the training."
Thapa also informed that they will bear the accommodation costs during the training, while the Mawer Academy will pay for a national level coach. "Apart from our own, we will take some fees from players with sound financial condition to run the academy," said Thapa.
Meanwhile, coach Mawer has been planning to conduct four programs annually in the South Asian region for the promotion of games.
"We can run four programs in South Asian region with one each in four cities of these countries after establishing the academy in Kathmandu," said Mawer who committed that his UK based academy will sponsor the tournament and the local organizers need to arrange for accommodation of the participants.
He was hopeful that the tournament would prove to be a good platform for international exposures for youth players.