Chetak Khedikar appointed coach of India junior badminton team for International School Sports Foundation Games


Chetak Khedikar has been appointed as the coach of India’s junior badminton team for the upcoming 19th International School Federation (ISF) Games.

Nagpur’s experienced coach Chetak Khedikar will be one of the two coaches of India’s eight-member under-18 badminton team at the prestigious tournament. The mega event will be held in Normandy, France from May 14-22, 2022.

The School Games Federation of India (SGFI) announced Khedikar’s name for the upcoming sports extravaganza on Friday. About 3,500 athletes from 70 countries are expected to participate in the 20 sports disciplines of these games.

The ISF Gymnasiade is the largest international multi-sport and educational event for students aged 16-18. This major event was first organized in 1974 and will celebrate its 19th edition in France later this month.

For Badminton World Federation (BWF) certified coach Khedikar, this will be his first coaching assignment abroad. Khedikar’s trainee Nikkita Joseph is part of India’s four-member U-18 women’s squad for the upcoming event.

The 40-year-old has been instrumental in training several commuters in the region, including Rohan Gurbani, who competed at the 2019 World Junior Championships.

He has mentored SGFI gold medalist Nikkita Joseph since childhood. Nikkita was ranked fourth in the Girls Under 17 category in India.

Khedkar has also produced national level players like Sameet Dandwate; Aditi Pandit; CBSE’s first individual national champion, Mrunmayi Saoji; Sudhanshu Bhure and Pranali Sapkal.

India Girls U-18 team player Nikkita Joseph (L) with her coach Chetak Khedikar.  (Photo credit: Chetak Khedikar)
India Girls U-18 team player Nikkita Joseph (L) with her coach Chetak Khedikar. (Photo credit: Chetak Khedikar)

Chetak Khedikar had attended the prestigious BWF Coaches Conference in Dubai in 2016

Chetak Khedikar is a BWF Level 1 Certified Coach and attended the prestigious BWF Coaches Conference in Dubai during the Dubai World Series Final in December 2016.

Khedikar has also passed the Sports Authority of India (SAI) Coaches Education Program (CEP) examination in Badminton and Sports Science.

He has also participated in various coaching clinics and workshops under the guidance of international coaches Pullela Gopichand, Augus Dwi Santoso, Namrih Suroto and Aaron Lee from Malaysia.

The former commuter had won a bronze medal while representing Nagpur University badminton team in the west zone. He had also qualified for the All India Inter-University tournament in 2006-07.

He also participated in the 8th Maharashtra Ashwamedh Games Inter-College State Sports in 2004.

Khedikar, who is a sports teacher at Center Point School, Dabha branch, Nagpur, coached Maharashtra State in the 49th National School Games in 2003.

He was also an assistant coach for the state junior and senior team at the West Zone Interstate Badminton Championship in Vadodara and National Senior Badminton Championship in Nagpur.

The Nagpur-based coach runs his badminton academy at Annasaheb Gundewar College and Shuttlers Craze Sports Academy (SCSA) at Divisional Sports Complex in Mankapur region of his hometown. He called his appointment a great honor and hopes to do a good job for the country.

“It is a very good opportunity for me to be the coach of the Indian team in the 19th International School Federation World School Championship. I am very happy and excited for this new mission. It will be a new experience for me, and I’d like to make the most of it.”

He said the Indian team camp will be held in Noida before the national team departs for France. During the short conditioning camp, Indian players can train together. This will help the coach try out various team combinations.

Khedikar thanked his team’s sponsors and organizers ahead of their participation in the games.

“I thank the School Games Federation of India, Employer Center Point Group of Schools Management, MBA, NDBA and Federal Bank for supporting my players and SCSA coaches.”

Khedikar assured that the visa process for the 10 Indian team members has been completed and everyone is looking forward to participating in the mega event.

Edited by Akshay Saraswat

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