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In 1956, the world saw the talent of Badminton in India when Nandu Natekar became the first Indian player to win a title outside the boundaries of India. One Sports, a Mumbai based company, decided to thank Mr Natekar on 19th February 2012 at Bombay Gymkhana for his contribution towards the sport by honoring him with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
"To receive a lifetime award is a great feeling. Even after so many years people still remember me and it is a great honor that Thwack has selected me for this award." says the legendary player Nandu Natekar. The award was given to Nandu Natekar by Michael Ferreira, Indian Billiards player also known as "The Bombay Tiger". Natekar has won over 100 national and international titles for India in a career spanning 15 years. He won the Men's Doubles National Championship a total of six times, Men's Singles National Championship a total of six times, and Mixed Doubles National Championship a total of five times.
Says Reji Mathew, Managing Director, One Sports Network Pvt Ltd, "Sportspersons are always heroes for our country. Honoring past sports legends is like an inspiration to the future generation of players. Its indeed an honor for us to acknowledge the talent, skills and sportsmanship of Mr Natekar"
After its successful debut in Singapore, One Sports launched the Thwack range of sports goods and accessories in India in December 2011. The Thwack SFX / JFX badminton racket has been designed in collaboration with erstwhile world badminton champion (1984-1990), Xiong Guabao, whose scientifically designed grip will improve the game, particularly the forehand and backhand shots. He has crafted this patented design with a unique embedded fingerprint grip to improve the technique of the player. One Sports (Thwack) also launched the Super 5 Series of badminton rackets which is a must in every player's armoury.
Thwack will soon be launched in Europe. One of the players the company signed on to endorse Thwack rackets is Peter Koukal, Number One Czech player scheduled to play for 2012 London Olympics.
The award was given to Nandu Natekar after the finals of the Thwack BG Inter club badminton carnival organized in Mumbai on 19th February 2012 at Bombay Gymkhana in Mumbai. While this Carnival pits some of the top most teams against each other to decide who will hold aloft the THWACK trophy in its inaugural edition with city veteran badminton addicts showing their true competitive spirit, there was also a real carnival atmosphere.
The age groups were all above 45 in age but one major innovation was the 90+ and 100+ age group combinations where in the two partners ages put together must be above 90 and 100. The main factor here was that there was no minimum age criteria and this means that club members of even below 45 can partner a senior player and so forth.
There was also a family doubles event, where in pairs of Father-daughter, mother-son and husband-wife combinations will be playing a knock-out event for the very first time. Here too there is no age cut-off criteria making the event really open. Dinesh Pande and Himanshu Pande stood the winners of the Family event.
This badminton carnival aims to bring badminton back into the family backyard, as it used to be earlier. More importantly, Thwack aims to add fun to the fitness regime that is rapidly becoming a rage amongst all age groups. The idea really is that Thwack wants to bring badminton back as a family event, which it used to be when it was a major sport and fitness pastime in esteemed clubs of Mumbai. To enhance Badminton's appeal as more of a life style sport which has something for every age group.
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