Mr Amit Mavi, Managing Director, BOP Group believes that "IBL is an ideal opportunity for us to share our passion and zeal for the sport. With the common vision of recognising and nurturing talent amongst the youth, we believe badminton has much to contribute to the league of talented professionals and offer a wider entertainment avenue to sports fans." BOP Group's philosophy, which is reflected in the team, is play hard, party hard. HIT IT!! " Meet the Coach U. Vimal Kumar is a known name in the world of Badminton and has had the privilege to have done almost everything in the sport whether be it representing India on the world map or coaching the players to become world champions. He has had the repute of the taking India to Olympic Games both as a competitor in 1992 (Barcelona) and as a coach in 2004 in Athens. Ranked world No. 17 during his days of glory and wrested the French Open title, his experience in the sport also makes him an excellent commentator today. Having set up an academy in association with Prakash PAdukone, Kumar has tried to give back to his native soil. The Academy has churned sporting champions including P. Gopichand and Arvind Bhat. Kumar has also been part of BWF’s (earlier IBF) coaching programmes in Malaysia (1999), Cape Town (2000), Auckland (2001) and the European summer school (2006). Vimal feels that the times have changed and that now things have undergone a sea change from the times when he used to play for the country. He feels that India always had a decent number of followers for the game but it wasn’t promoted that well in the country. He feels that The Commonwealth Games made a lot of difference, as more capital was pumped into the sport post 2006. “Now the game has grown” says he. He qualified for the 1992 Olympics at the time when he was about to put his international career on the back burner. He was nearly 30 years old. Kumar recalls his own days at the court and confesses“. The qualifying process was quite tough. I had had chicken pox and other viral illnesses and my ranking dropped from 20 to 28. There was a lot of pressure.” What makes the 1992 Games memorable for Kumar is not only the honor of representing his motherland but also the cherished brushes with the sporting celebrities from all over the world.
Banga Beats is a badminton franchise based in the city of Bengaluru in the Indian Badminton League. The team is one of the six founding members of the IBL in 2013 and is owned by BOP Group, the leading real estate consultants of India. The team is spearheaded by U. Vimal Kumar, a former international badminton player, who has also coached the Indian national team for 3 years from 2003. The team includes P. Kashyap, who was one of the six icon players for the opening season of the IBL, the only Indian male contestant.
According to team owners, they wanted to give badminton the fun that it deserves. Thus the name Banga Beats was decided: Banga means ‘party hard’ and Beats is the ‘beat of music’. The logo of the team was also created with the same ideology in mind. IBL had been tweeting throughout the auctions that Banga Beats made smart choices and that they had a balanced team. Amit Mavi was quoted as saying, ““This is why we had our coaching staff ready before we came for the auctions. We spent a lot of time researching the players available and drawing up different strategies with our coach.”
BOP Group is the proud owner of Banga Beats, which has appointed Olympian and former National Champion U. Vimal Kumar as the team’s Chief Coach. As a player, Kumar won the prestigious French Open in 1983 & 1984 and the Welsh International Open in 1988 & 1991. He went on to become India’s National Chief Coach in 2003. Kumar also represented India at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992, and was ranked in the world top-20. BOP has appointed former International Vijay Lancy, who is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Management- Calcutta, as the CEO of Banga Beats.
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