Bengaluru, Sept 5: Infosys Foundation will contribute Rs 16 Crore over five years to scout and nurture the best Badminton talent from across the country.
Infosys Foundation, the philanthropic and CSR arm of Infosys, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy (PPBA) to support the Academy’s talented players to compete and excel in various national and international sporting competitions.
The partnership is aimed at nurturing promising badminton talent in the Academy through an intensive training program with the goal of helping them become future medal contenders at prestigious sporting events such as the Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and the Olympics.
As part of the MoU, Infosys Foundation will support the Academy’s long-term, intensive all-round coaching program to be known as the Infosys Foundation – PPBA Champions Nurturing Program, through a grant of Rs 16 Crore. The program will commence from October 2019 and will be completed over a period of 5 years, with a target of about 65 junior athletes expected to receive training every year.
Speaking after signing the MoU here on Thursday, Infosys Foundationn Chairperson Sudha Murthy said, “As a country we love sports, but when it comes to making a career in sports, lack of institutional support discourages some of the finest athletes to pursue their passion”.
To compete successfully at International level, Indian athletes deserve good infrastructure and training support which must be comparable to the best in the world. I do hope that our support through the Infosys Foundation – PPBA Champions Nurturing Program will address the existing gaps and help not just a few, but an entire generation of badminton players make the country proud through their achievements”, she added.
Former All England Champion and PPBA Founder Prakash Padukone said, “PPBA has been instrumental in producing world class badminton talent for nearly 25 years. As we get ready to celebrate our silver jubilee year, we are delighted to announce this long term partnership with Infosys Foundation that shares our vision of nurturing Indian sports talent. The grant will provide impetus in equipping our athletes with world class training and guidance, and help them stand out in the sporting fraternity globally.”
Dronacharya Awardee and PPBA Co-Founder Vimal Kumar, said, “Over the last three decades as a player and coach, I have seen a very impactful shift in the approach towards Badminton as a sport and career choice in India. Today, at PPBA we have athletes from diverse backgrounds and age groups who are steadfastly focused on excelling in this game, and it gives me immense joy when I see our past and present athletes excel in the national and international arena”. (UNI)