Aussie experts to review badminton WC security: Verma

Aussie experts to review badminton WC security: Verma

"A security team from Australia is coming to Hyderabad from June 1-5 for an extensive survey and would be meeting the police commissioner and minister in-charge for security in Hyderabad," Verma, who has been appointed vice-president of the the game's world federation (BWF) recently, said.

The World Championship of badminton will be held for the first time in India from August 10-16 with Hyderabad's Gachibowli Stadium playing the host to the megaevent.

"They would give us a blue print for the different levels and layers of security that needs to be implemented. They would be working along with the organising committee and security experts from Intelligence Risk (a security agency) would be there from August one and be present throughout the tournament," Verma added.

Talking about the championship, Verma admitted it had not been entirely immune to the global economic downturn.

"Financial resources are a major concern because the projected expenditure for the event is about Rs six crore, including three crore that needs to paid to the Badminton World Federation as the sanction money.

"As of now we have managed half the money, some of which has been provided by the government of India and efforts are on to get the rest.

"We are doing the marketing, we have prepared the project report of the World Championship and sent it to the various sponsors. But the market is so negative at the moment because of recession, that the response is slow but we hope to raise some more money," he added.

With the event just two months away, Verma said the BAI is trying to arrange specialised training for the nation's senior shuttlers in Indonesia in July.

"We have sent a proposal to the Badminton Association of Indonesia to provide training to six to eight top Indian shuttlers, like Saina (Nehwal), Chetan (Anand) in July this year. The team will mainly have doubles players like Rupesh-Thomas and Jwala-Diju," he said.

Verma said he wants to see Indian shuttlers at least making the quarterfinal and semifinal stages of the tournament.

"We would be happy with Saina reaching the semi-finals and Chetan Anand entering the quarterfinals and one doubles pair reaching the quarters or prequarters, that should be good," he said.

Verma said there would be a board meeting of the BWF in August

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