Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Memories of Thomas Cup Finals (Japan):

One thing that I am sure every player will remember is the courtesy of our hosts,the Japanese.The staff and officials always had a smile on their faces and were always happy to help us out with any problem we had. The organisation of the whole event; hotel room bookings, transport to and from the badminton hall,everything was handled with great efficiency. One person I would like to mention in particular is the liason officer of our team, Tomosayu. He made sure that the Indian team always had all relevant information and that we had an enjoyable stay in Japan.
Though we did'nt really finish with a flourish, going down easily to Denmark, we achieved our target of making it to the quarterfinals. Coupled with good performances in the Thomas Cup Preliminaries and the Commonwealth Games and some good individual performances, India, as a team is looking considerably stronger than it has been for a long time. Most of the credit for this goes to our national coach Vimal Kumar and to the doubles coach Hadi Sugianto, an Indonesian. He has improved the standard of Indian doubles to the extent that we can now expect them to come through for us when we really need it. Vimal Kumar has done a similar job with the singles players and we will miss him now that he has resigned.

2 comments:

Animesh said...

Hey Anup,
It's very nice to know that you care to share your experiences directly from the tournament.
I want to congratulate you and the whole indian team for making it to the quarters of Thomas Cup. It should be a very big achievement. Everybody has started to reckon India as the growing force in international badminton. I was hoping that we would reach higher levels in this tourney but against denmark, I am sure this probability was very less. But good work!!!
I'll be regular visitor to this page. Ctrl-D and bookmarked.. :) ..

Have a nice time playing badminton!!

Anonymous said...

Keep the fantastic work going. You make us all very proud :)