Chief Coach

Mr Dipankar Bhattacharjee



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Highlights:

A two times Olympian and a Three times National Badminton Champion. An MBA from S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR). Employed with Indian Oil Corporation Limited as Manager. Hails from Guwahati, Assam.

Honours and Accolades:

□ Chairperson of the Dronacharya Award Committee 2015

□ Member of the Governing body of Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education (LNIPE), Gwalior.

□ Nominated for the Arjuna Award four times.

□ Honoured as the best sportsperson of the year many times by the Chief Minister and Governor of Assam.

Book of Records:

□ The first Olympian from the current state of Assam.

□ One of the first Badminton players to represent India in Olympics.

□ Only Senior National Badminton Champion from the North-East India till date (2015).

□ Only Male Shuttler from India to have made it to Two Olympics (1992 & 1996).

Details of Achievements in Badminton:

□ Represented India at the Barcelona Olympic Games 1992. Reached the pre-quarter final stage and went down fighting to then World Champion and World Ranked No.1 Zhao Jian Hua of China.

□ Represented India at the Atlanta Olympic Games 1996. Went down in the second round to then World Champion Heryanto Arbi of Indonesia.

□ Captained the Indian Thomas Cup Team in 1996 at Prague, Czech Republic.

□ Senior National Badminton Champion three years consecutively in the years 1994, 1995 and 1996.

□ Senior National Runner-up in the years 1992 and 1997. Ranked no. one Badminton player in the country for six years in a row from 1991 to 1996.

□ Best World Ranking: No.38 in 1992.

Other Notable Performances in Badminton:

□ Quarter Finals at Hong Kong Open in 1996.

□ Quarter Finals at the French Open 1994.

□ Pre-Quarter Finals in the All England 1996.

□ Pre-Quarter Finals at the China Open 1996.

□ Selected to represent India at the Commonwealth Games in 1994 at Vancouver, Canada. Team was not sent due to political reasons.

□ Selected to Represent India at the then Quadrennial World Championships in 1997. Could not participate due to last minute injury.

□ Played in almost all other major tournaments across the world including 3 Asian Badminton Championships, 3 Thomas Cups, 5 All Englands etc.

Notable performances at the Junior Level:

□ Junior (under-18 years) National Champion in the year 1987.

□ Silver Medallist at the Junior International Tournament held in the erstwhile U.S.S.R. in 1988.

□ Pre-Quarter Finalist at the Junior World Championships held at Jakarta, Indonesia in 1988.

□ Sub-Junior (under-15 years) National Doubles Champion in 1984 at Guwahati.

□ Sub-Junior National Singles Runner-up in 1984 at Guwahati.

Academics:

□ MBA (PGPM – Marketing Management) from S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR), Mumbai in 2012.

□ B.A. (Honours) in History from Cotton College, under Gauhati University in 1993.

Profession:

□ Manager (Admin & Welfare) in Indian Oil Corporation Limited (Marketing Division) at Indian Oil Bhavan, G-9, Ali Yavar Jung Marg, Bandra (East), Mumbai – 400051.

□ Over 22 years of service at Indian Oil in various assignments ranging from Consumer Sales, Retail Sales, Loyalty Sales Programme, Training & Development and finally Admin. And Welfare.

Experience in Badminton Coaching:

□ Launched a Badminton Academy in Guwahati and operated it successfully for two years before he was transferred out of Guwahati by his employer Indian Oil.

□ Launched a Badminton Academy in Navi Mumbai at the Ramsheth Thakur International Sports Complex, Ulwe on 5th August 2015 which is presently operational.