Pune: First ever AITA Women’s Coach award for Rohini Lokhande

Pune: First ever AITA Women's Coach award for Rohini Lokhande

Pune: First ever AITA Women's Coach award for Rohini Lokhande

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New Delhi, June 4 : Veteran Delhi Based tennis Coach Narsingh has been selected for the prestigious Dilip Bose Award for Life Time Achievement for Coaching.  The award has been instituted  by The All India Tennis Association in 2002 in memory of Dilip Bose, winner of the Asian championship and a member of the India Davis Cup team in 1949  who after his  retirement, served as a coach and administrator .

The award to Narsingh  was Announced by  Mr Anil Dhupar Secretary General of  All India Tennis Association (AITA) ,  he also announced a  A new life time achievement  award for Women’s  coaches  which has been  initiated bt AITA this year onwards and the same will be presented to Rohini Lokhande of Pune ,  Maharashtra one of the earliest Women’s Coaches in India  .  The  Dilip Bose award, instituted by the AITA  includes a silver salver and a cash prize of  Rs 50, 000 , Mr Dhupar added .

These awards will be presented at the 2 day  11th National Coaches Workshop which is being organised at the PYC Hindu Gymkhana in Pune  by the All India Tennis Association in cooperation with MSLTA  on June 7th and  8th  ,  over 150 coaches from all across the country will be attending this workshop which  has the Theme of Technology and Allied Services in Tennis  Dr Miguel Crespo Head Participation and Education  International Tennis Federation  (ITF) will be the keynote speaker  .. The Sixth five year Mr Narsingh is one of the senior most coaches in India  has  Worked with Delhi Lawn Tennis Association as Head Coach & Director (coaching) from 1986 – 2018 had also played a role in promoting  various AITA National Coaches Workshops as Administrator across country , apart from being  Administrator of  AITA Coaches Education from 2008 – 2021 . He has also travelled with Junior Indian teams  and players as a travelling Coach for more than three decades .

 While the Sixty Nine year old  Rohini Lokhande,  was also a  member of the women’s tennis team for the Indo-Sri Lanka tie along with teammates Kiran Bedi, Nirupama Mankad, Susan Das and Udaya Kumar   , before turning as a tennis coach at 17 years old  , Rohini  is also the first female  tennis coach in India qualified by the National Institute of Sports, Patiala.   Since then she has trained over 5000 students of all age groups and skill levels . She also trained numerous students and markers to play tennis, and helped them qualify as coaches through MSLTA and AITA exams, thereby expanding the field of tennis coaching. She has also coached physically and mentally impaired children.