Sri Lanka aims for top 50 badminton ranking | Sunday Observer

Sri Lanka aims for top 50 badminton ranking

23 August, 2020

Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa wants a Sri Lankan badminton player to end up in the top 50 world rankings and has promised to make arrangements to enlist the services of a foreign coach while at the same time pledging to acquire new facilities and upgrade existing installations.

It follows an inquiry made by Minister Rajapaksa on the importance of hiring a foreign coach when he met officials from Sri Lanka Badminton to discuss the welfare of players and the sport in general.

Badminton officials had requested the Minister to explore the possibility of contracting an Indonesian coach during the discussion. Earlier Indonesian Tony Wahyudi coached the national players for a period of three years and presently Sri Lankan Badminton has appointed two local coaches to take his place.

Minister Rajapaksa has also told badminton officials that his aim was to have a Sri Lankan champion to occupy a position in the top 50 world badminton rankings and has advised his Ministry officials to formulate a programme to meet the target.

The Minister promised to further develop present facilities for badminton players to improve their skills like having a swimming pool and a pavilion while upgrading the existing training facilities in Bandarawela, Galle and Matara.