Chennai: A well-maintained badminton courtroom is the last component you assume to peer at a police station. Inaugurated a few months ago, the properly-being center at J7 Velacheri station is the best facility within the entire Tamilnadu police branch. Recently, the station beneath underwent major preservation, and the badminton courtroom was later constructed with sponsorship and opened by way of Metropolis Commissioner of Police A K Viswanathan. On an inaugural day, the Commissioner, Additional Commissioner Mahesh Aggarwal, and Deputy Commissioner Shashank Sai inspired all and sundry by swinging the racket. The badminton court became the brainchild of former Inspector of Police Velu, who is now published with the Central Crime Branch. It was built for Rs thirteen lakh, and some corporate agencies and an educational group sponsored the budget. Speaking to News Today, Velu stated, “The facility is utilized by policemen and their families, retired personnel, and cops dwelling within the place.”
He said that he pitched in the idea as he is a passionate sportsman. “I am a countrywide-level athlete and play all sorts of sports. Police officers are often harassed, and this could provide them comfort. Also, I had thought of steering youngsters below 14 inside the location excellently. Many are under the effects of tobacco, and my concept is that police officers may want to coach such youngsters in badminton. This can even improve police-public liaison. People have to not worry about coming to the police station. The Commissioner changed into glad about the initiative and has requested everybody to use the power well.” The station has 46 bodies of workers, of which 5 are girls. They, too, play the sport whenever time permits. Police personnel at the station stated, “I played cricket in college.
Now, after 15 years, I have even started playing and operating out again.” Most of the police officers alternate into civvies and play for about 15 minutes to an hour every day, earlier than calling it an afternoon. A Turkish participant on Sunday clinched the bronze medal in the Orleans Masters Badminton Tournament in France. Neslihan Yigit positioned 1/3 at the tournament ladder, beating Crystal Pan from the U.S. Inside the first spherical and Choirunnisa Choirunnisa from Indonesia in the 2d, which delivered her to the quarterfinals, stated the Badminton Federation of Turkey. Yigit beat Japanese player Ayumi Mine 2-0 to advance to the semis; they were then defeated by Kirsty Gilmour from Scotland. *Writing by Sibel Morrow