The Laqshya Badminton Academy was inaugurated by filmmaker S.S. Rajamouli, amidst a rousing welcome, at Green City, Vadlapudi Post here on Friday.The brainchild of badminton coach M.V. Murali Krishna, the academy has six badminton courts, swimming pool, air conditioned gym, specialised fitness zone, accommodation facility, uninterrupted power backup and parking space for 50 cars.It is located at a distance of 2 km from Duvvada railway station and 8 km from the airport.Speaking at the inaugural, Mr. Murali Krishna said:My dream was not to create this academy, my ultimate goal is to create a world champion from here. For that to happen, the city needed the infrastructure support and a dedicated badminton academy. Good facilities make all the difference.This academy is a step towards that long cherished dream of encouraging the young talents and making a mark at the international level, he said
Mr. Krishna started his journey in professional coaching from 1993. Having donned the India jersey in World Masters (above 35) Badminton Championship held in Turkey in 2008, he also reached the quarter-finals at the World Masters Meet held in Turkey in 2013.Thanking Rajamouli for making it for the inaugural of the academy, Mr Krishna spoke about the long association with the filmmaker and said, I am greatly inspired by my friend and his commitment towards work.Among others, badminton coach Ganguly Prasad, R. Srinivas, vice-president AP Badminton Association and president of the Olympic Association, Visakhapatnam, T.S.R. Prasad were present at the inaugural.