Mr. Arun Lakhani Chairman and Director of Vishvaraj Infrastructure Limited (VIL) a pioneer in the water industry was appointed Maharashtra Badminton Association President. The Nagpur-based Arun Lakhani shuttled to the top post as the present incumbent Pradeep Gandhe stepped down from the post after over a decade at the helm.
Mr. Arun Lakhani, an active member of MBA’s executive committee, has been associated with badminton since his college days. “I used to play when I was young, but not professionally. “
Arun Lakhani’s appointment as MBA Chief provided one more reason for Nagpurians to feel proud. Arun Lakhani has been an active member of the MBA’s Executive Committee and has been connected with the sport for a long time. He has previous experience with the Planning Commission Committee and various policy making forums. Arun Lakhani, has also been honing his skills under the tutelage of Gopichand for the last couple of years.
Mr. Arun Lakhani says being appointed the Maharashtra Badminton Association President. “I am honoured to be chosen to lead Maharashtra Badminton. My immediate focus will be to get this infrastructure functional. Our aim is to offer talented players from Maharashtra infrastructure and facilities at par with any international level academy or club.”
After taking charge at MBA, Arun Lakhani has formed a short-term action plan, according to which he will focus on improving ties with all the district associations, especially the ones in semi-urban and rural areas. “The urban associations like Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Nashik have good set-ups. They have good coaching facilities and mental counselling sessions which have not reached the rural associations so far. We will first establish a dialogue with these associations, asking them to tell us their top three problems and opportunities. In some places, government has already invested money, built stadiums and other facilities, but they are largely in disuse.”
He says that emulating the example of Hyderabad will be more beneficial for the local players rather than chasing foreign models. “The association often calls Indonesian, Malaysian coaches to guide players. No doubt they are coaches of high standards. However, in the long run, the foreign emulation is not a good option. Indian conditions are different, techniques are diverse. If we’re going to emulate someone, it should be Hyderabad. We can benefit maximum from collaborations inside India.”