Indian Express – Written by Shivani Naik
| Glasgow |

Updated: August 21, 2017 10:26 Scottish badminton maintains its quaint vibe, despite boasting one of the most modern facilities in the sport in the form of the Emirates Arena.

Summary

  • Written by Shivani Naik | Glasgow | Updated: August 21, 2017 10:26 Scottish badminton maintains its quaint vibe, despite boasting one of the most modern facilities in the sport in the form of the Emirates Arena.
  • Hasmat ‘Bob’ Ullah, a 60-year-old volunteer with desi roots and wearing the kilt, lingers around where Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu have just finished their practice sessions and wonders aloud if the Indians at the Badminton World Championships would mind very much if he asked for a picture with them.
  • A coach with Badminton Scotland, Hasmat celebrated India’s twin All England crowns, in 1981 (Prakash Padukone) and 2001 (P Gopichand), and now, on the eve of this week-long event, reckons it’s India’s time again.
  • Scottish badminton maintains its quaint vibe, despite boasting one of the most modern facilities in the sport in the form of the Emirates Arena.
  • So now Hasmat plans to support every Indian playing at the Emirates vociferously, realising badminton could be his only remaining link with a “home” that remains out of reach.


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