When the HULIC DAIHATSU BWF Para Badminton World Championships 2022 begin on 1 November, there will be a lot of attention on the Indian team, who have emerged as a force in Para badminton in recent years.
Head coach Gaurav Khanna, who has played a major role in this emergence, has set a target of 18 medals, including eight gold, for the 35-member team.
The team’s strength, he explains, is because of the process that was set up. “We have been developing more young players. I took up the challenge of developing more women players,” says Khanna. “Earlier, our achievements were mainly in a few select categories, but now we have developed across more categories. We have possibly the world’s biggest database of Para badminton players, and we are adding around 50 players every year. Our talent hunt programme gets new players every 15 days.”
Khanna was on National Geographic explaining how his involvement with Para badminton started: