The Gaudium Sportopia Mentors

Cricket

Ravichandran Ashwin

Mentor: Centre Of Excellence For Cricket

Being possibly the only active cricketer to have an academy, Ashwin’s acumen to understand the game has been praiseworthy, something that is reflected in his plethora of records. As the fastest Indian to scalp 50, 100, 150, 200, 250, 300, and 350 Test wickets in just 66 test matches, the 33-year-old Chennai-based off-spinner has showed what setting up milestone means.

Ashwin’s passion for coaching and his determination to strengthen India’s future has led to GenNext being one of the finest cricket academies in India with multiple branches in Chennai, inspiring school partnerships in Dubai as well. Gaudium Sportopia will look to emulate GenNext’s well-designed three signature programmes — Weekend, Vision 20 and High-Performance Centre.

“GenNext Institute and I are very delighted to be associated with Gaudium Sportopia. I always believe that excellent infrastructure and innovative techniques from a young age makes a lot of difference and Gaudium Sportopia is one such place who is truly out to change the entire sporting ecosystem of the country by exposing the kids to some of the finest facilities. I am looking forward to seeing some of these promising youngsters take India to even greater heights in the future,” said Ravichandran Ashwin.

What makes him stand out is how seamlessly he has been able to make the transition from the shorter format of the game to the longer one, thereby etching his names among the greats and successfully executing the role of an all-rounder for the Indian team.

Badminton

Pullela Gopichand

Mentor: Centre Of Excellence For Badminton

India’s most successful badminton coach, Pullela Gopichand launched his brainchild — Badminton Gurukul Centre of Excellence at Gaudium Sportopia, which is India’s first residential, fully integrated, world class high- performance sports school planned and developed by Hyderabad’s premier international school, The Gaudium.

Sport remains indispensable in inculcating a child with discipline, respect and the need to work hard, besides helping in physical and mental growth. Hence Gaudium Sportopia will be aiming to provide education with a difference for the first time in India.

I had this vision to create champions in the grassroots and what better can it be when we are joining hands with people who think that sport is a key element of education and overall development of a child? With stronger grassroots, India will be one step ahead as it aims to become a global superpower in sports – says P Gopichand, India’s Chief National Badminton Coach.

Chess

R B Ramesh

Mentor: Centre Of Excellence For Chess

Ramachandran Ramesh (a.k.a. R. B. Ramesh) is an Indian chess grandmaster from Chennai who won the 2002 British Championship and the 2007 Commonwealth Championship.

He is married to WGM Aarthie Ramaswamy. They are India’s first Grandmaster couple.

He started Chess Gurukul, Chess Academy in Chennai to train young players in 2008. Now Chess Gurukul has produced many international chess champions from India. One of them is Bharath Subramaniyam, who became an International master in 2019 at the age of 11 years and 8 months.

Ramesh shot to fame with his superb commentary in the World Chess Championship Match 2013 Anand – Carlsen, where he was the official commentator along with GM Susan Polgar.

Table Tennis

Subramaniam Raman

Mentor: Centre Of Excellence For Table Tennis

Starting at the age of 13, Raman learnt the basics of table tennis from V.Ramachandran. His first impression was made in the sport by Bro. Savari Antony, sports head and a left-handed TT player. A. Srinivasa Rao and Muralidhara Rao then coached him, before he moved on to V. Chandrasekar in 1989.

Raman represented the state in the year 1985 and INDIA in 1989 SAF GAMES, Islamabad. Raman won his first National title, beating his long-time nemesis, S. Sriram in the final at Goa in the year 1993. Raman recorded his first-ever win over S. Sriram. Raman first represented India at the World Table Tennis Championships in the year 1993, Dortmund, Germany.

Raman won the first-ever Commonwealth Gold for India at the Commonwealth Championships—held at Glasgow, Scotland—in Men’s Doubles partnering with his compatriot Chetan Baboor in 1997, and repeated the feat in the next edition in 1999. Raman represented India for more than a decade with many International medals. Raman represented India at the Sydney Summer Olympics 2000, Millennium Olympics.

Raman received the Arjuna Award for the year 1998 and also received many more State and Central Govt. awards.