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GAME ON: Young shuttlers practise at Mohan Ahuja Stadium in Jamshedpur on Wednesday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
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Jamshedpur: A generator at the landmark Mohan Ahuja Stadium here ensured its lights were back on Wednesday, two days after Tata Steel subsidiary and utility major Jusco snapped its electricity supply citing meter tampering and unpaid dues.

Arranged by East Singhbhum Badminton Association, the generator is for the convenience of the 40-odd trainees who hone their skills at the academy run under badminton mentor Sachin Kumar Rana at the indoor stadium. It will operate during training sessions - 10am to noon and again from 2pm to 6.30pm.

Life members of Jharkhand Badminton Association (JBA) will not be able to avail the services of the generator.

On Wednesday, with Rana away on a national-level assignment abroad, badminton learners practised under the watchful eyes of assistant coaches Ravi Kesri and Subho Roy.

On the practice session back on its feet after a two-day gap, coach Kesri who is originally from Ranchi, said, "Trainees are obviously very happy to resume sessions. Continuity in training is essential for any sports discipline."

Twelve-year-old Priya Ojha, one of Kesri's students who counts P.V. Sindhu as her idol, agreed, "I feel extremely happy as I can play again. I was a bit confused after electricity supply was discontinued."

Fellow trainee Sahil Raj, 16, added he was concerned about his daily practice routine. "It is good that authorities have made arrangements for our practice sessions to continue," Sahil added.

East Singhbhum Badminton Association president Rajiv Singh said they arranged the generator for the daily training sessions to resume. "We exist for the development of badminton. We felt it is our responsibility to help trainees continue with their daily practice," he said.

JBA secretary K. Prabhakar Rao said they were focused on the betterment of the game in the state. "Hindrances cannot stop us. We want badminton to develop in Jamshedpur and Jharkhand. The game has scope in the steel city that is a prime venue for district and state championships," he said.

Rana's cradle, set up in 2016, has started producing results. Aadya Singh, a trainee, is ranked number 10 in India in Under-13 girls and is also a state champion in that category. She has also represented Jharkhand in Under-19 nationals.

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