Special Olympics: Coach is the hero for shuttlers

New Delhi, March 17, 2019: We may be a land of P.V. Sindhu, Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth but for almost all the Indian badminton players at the Special Olympics World Games here, their coach is their hero.

“He is our everything, our god,” said Rohit Nag, from Jharkhand and one of the Indian contingent’s strongest players, raising his hand above in sign language, at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, the venue for badminton and many other indoor sports of the Special Olympics World Games, here on Wednesday according to sportstar.thehindu.com.

For coach Dhiraj Sawant handling these players is a life-changing experience.

“It is a very different experience, my players are almost like family,” said Dhiraj.

New lessons

“Each one is different, with different ability levels, and you have to understand each one closely, give them specific training. And surprisingly, you learn a lot from them too. I learned the sign language from them, for many in this team can’t hear or speak.”

Just coming to Abu Dhabi is a dream for many, for it is their first international event for the badminton players here.

Sportstar.thehindu.com further added that “This is a wonderful experience and I hope to return with a medal,” said Divyabharathi Elango, from Madurai.

Saina and Sindhu are both Olympic medallists…with the Indians here do something of the sort at the World Games?

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