KARACHI: In order to prepare a fighting lot for the South Asian Games to be held in Bangladesh early next year the badminton authorities in the country plan to bring a foreign coach by July.

“I had requested the PSB to provide us a foreign coach so that the team could be prepared well for the South Asian Games to be held in Dhaka early next year. But the PSB has promised that it will release 2000 US dollars per month to the badminton authorities for the said purpose which is not sufficient because a foreign coach will cost us 3000 to 3500 US dollars per month. But, still we will go with it and will try to meet the remaining expenses through other means,” the secretary of the PBF Aamir Hayat Khan Rokhri told ‘The News’ on Monday.

“I have contacted the badminton authorities of China and Indonesia for the coach but after consultation with the experts we have now decided to hire the services of a Chinese coach as the coaches of that country are more aware of the modern techniques of coaching,” he said.

Though, language would be a major problem but that will be removed with the assistance of a translator, the PBF secretary said. He said that there are some good players in the national squad but they need sound coaching.

“If we get the kind of coach we are looking for by July, we would be able to at least finish with a silver medal in the South Asian Games. In the doubles we have young players like Muhammad Kashif, Rizwan Ahmad, Palwasha Bashir and Sara Mohmand, who are capable of beating the Indians,” Rokhri remarked.

Similarly, Wajid Ali, Umar Zeeshan, Ahsan Qamar are experienced players and good results are expected from them in the coming South Asian Games. Rokhri said that the camp for the South Asian Games would commence in Islamabad in the month of July and will continue unabated till the event in Dhaka.

Ten boys and eight girls would be put in the camp. He also disclosed that in order to broaden the base the PBF plans to establish academies in different major cities of the country. “In the first step, we have started academy in Lahore last week. Currently there are ten Under-19 players in it but the number would be reduced to five after few days as it becomes difficult for a coach to train more players at the same time,” Rokhri said. “We are looking for sponsors with the support of the regional associations and slowly and gradually similar kind of academies would also be opened in Peshawar, Faisalabad, Rawalpindi and Karachi,” he informed.