[www.inewsguyana.com] – According to President of the Guyana Badminton Association Gokaran Ramdhani, 2013 was a year of improved development and success especially with the Junior Players who continue to move in the upwards direction year after year locally and internationally.
In his 2013 review, Ramdhani said, “We are also delighted to win the Runner-up Junior Sportswoman award for the year 2012 after winning the Junior Sportswoman of the Year in 2011. This shows our continuous progress Badminton is making. We had six local tournaments and attended four international Tournaments. At the Suriname Junior Easter International we won six medals (1-Gold, 1-Silver & 4 Bronze).”
It was noted that this year once again saw the Junior Players outstanding performance for the fifth year in a row at the Caribbean Badminton Championships which was played in Puerto Rico this year September where we got fourth in the Team Tournament and won eight medals (2-Golds, 2-Silvers & 4 Bronze) in the Individuals Events.
At the South American Youth Games held in Peru September, Badminton gained two Bronze at such a high level tournament in the Under-19 Boys Singles and Mix Doubles with both players 15 and under and only attending it for the first time.
“At the Suriname Open International in November our two top Players were able to gain their World Badminton Rankings in both singles and doubles,” Ramdhani said.
Ramdhani was also selected as Secretary General of the Caribbean Regional Badminton Federation (CAREBACO) 2014-2016.
Meanwhile, he also noted that the Association is in need of getting the syntactic courts which is being used at all games internationally. Additionally, the Association is applying to the National Sports Commission for the use of the wooden courts at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.
“This is very important especially with the players as the knees and ankles get more pressured as their game develops to a higher standard. The current courts we use are concrete surface and are not good for the developed players,” he said.