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PUNE: As a part of its ambitious Lakshyavedh scheme, the Maharashtra government has signed up with JC Ferrero Tennis Academy of Spain to develop the racquet game in the state.
Under the programme, JCFTA will work the Maha Tennis Foundation (MTF) and the sport’s governing body in the state (MSLTA) to train the players as well as the coaches through the latest training methodology.”We would like to import the Spanish system, the Juan Carlos Ferrero philosophy, to India to develop the players. We want to bring the best things of the Indian system and the best of Spanish system together, I think it will work very good,” said Francisco Martinez Lidon, the head coach of JCFTA, here on Thursday.
With a funding of Rs. 4 crore per year from the government, the tie-up aims to support about 40 players and 10 coaches. The state has been divided into eight zones and the goal is to identify and support five players and a coach from each zone.
“We are thrilled to join hands with Juan Carlos Ferrero, a former world no. 1 and a grand slam winner, to help the state players,” said Prashant Sutar, the chairman of MSLTA.
With educating the coaches being one of the primary goals, the partnership with JCFTA envisages select coaches having training stints at the academy in Alicante, Spain. Hemant Bendrey, the coach of India No. 1 women’s player Ankita Raina among others, will head the programme.
Archery, athletics, badminton, boxing, hockey, rowing, sailing, shooting, table tennis, tennis, weightlifting and wrestling are the 12 disciplines that have been identified for support in the first phase for which Rs. 160 crore has been set aside.

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