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Shuttlers' gesture to ailing coach

V.V. Subrahmanyam


Pullela, Saina contribute Rs.50,000 towards Nani's medical expenses


HYDERABAD: In a touching gesture, India's chief national coach Pullela Gopi Chand and ace shuttler Saina Nehwal took a lead by contributing Rs.50,000 each towards medical expenses for one of their first coaches, Nani Prasad, now battling for life in a private hospital at New Delhi.

Nani was hospitalised few days before the Delhi Common Wealth Games began due to serious respiratory problems while he was discharging his duty as the technical official at the Siri Fort Complex at the behest of the CWG organising committee.

The gold medal winning doubles pair of Gutta Jwala and Ashwini Ponappa as well as men's singles bronze medallist Parupalli Kashyap too decided to join hands with fellow players to mobilise funds to ensure that the best treatment continued for the coach.

“We were all disappointed at the way he fell seriously ill. We badly missed him at the Games. But, when I spoke to the family members they sounded confident and we hope that Nani Sir will recover soon,” said Gopi.

Meanwhile, A.K. Parida, Principal Secretary to State government, YA & T, assured that the government would not hesitate to spend any amount of money for treatment of the ailing coach. “I assured Nani's son of the government's help. We will treat this as a special case for he went on deputation from SAAP to the Games,” he explained.

Senior coach S.M. Arif too said he would involve like-minded sports lovers to raise funds. It was under him that Nani learnt the nuances of badminton while coaching at Fateh Maidan Indoor Stadium.

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