The Infosys Foundation partners with the Prakash Padukone Academy to prepare young ferries

Bangalore, September 5 () The Infosys Foundation and Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding to prepare young players in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities across the country.

The agreement was signed by Prakash Padukone, who runs the sports academy and Sudha Murthy, who leads Infosys' philanthropic wing at the Foundation's office in the city.

Under the agreement, the Infosys Foundation will provide a fund of Rs 16 crore, which will be spent over the next five years.

The total cost of the project is Rs 16 crore, divided into five years. It is up to them, who they choose, how they choose and how they train, but they will finally do their job to get the talents out of our country, Murthy told reporters.

Speaking on the occasion, Padukone said the center would be in Bangalore, where those in the age group of nine and 10 would be prepared.

We always say to catch them young, but we never do. It remains on paper. So we made a conscious attempt to pick up a talent at a very young age and give them the right opportunities, said the former England champion. .

Padukone said his academy is currently training about 45 players, who come from level 2 and level 3 cities.

The plan is to increase the number to 65, he added.

He explained that there was a favorable atmosphere in the country for badminton after the remarkable achievements of P V Sindhu, Saina Nehwal and Srikanth Kidambi.

The former Indian star said the academy would approach the sports ministry and the Indian Sports Authority to provide support to turn Bangalore into a badminton center. We want some foreign coaches to train our coaches, as well as the players. Only the government can do better, said Padukone, father of Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone. GMS SS SS