Dronacharya and Padma Shri winner Syed Mohammed Arif are celebrating their 78th birthday today. The story of his career is one of the long and successful stories of service to the country. He is the man who made Hyderabad and India famous in the world of badminton. Indian athletes have reached the top international level today because of the vision and determination of Arifusahab to develop the sport from the grassroots level long ago.
No doubt Arif had the help of other coaches he always admired, but he served for a very long time and P. He has raised players like Gopichand (now the national coach himself) and Saina Nehwal. Juwara Gutta and others. On his birthday, greetings and good wishes from all these players and fans from all over India and abroad were poured into him, lovingly remembering the dedication and enthusiasm of his beloved coach.
Other sports personalities also participated to greet famous veterans such as former Indian football captain and Diyan Chand Award-winning Shabir Ali Coach.
For Arif, not everything went smoothly. Like other coaches, he faced and had to overcome many hurdles, including official indifference. Moreover, not all players are disciplined and systematic. Some are very talented and some are temperamental. A good coach needs to know how to get the best out of each member of the team. He has to know when to be tough and when to be generous. His many years of experience have given Arif the knowledge and wisdom to be a good coach.
Former national number one-ranked player Manoji Kumar, one of his students, the first player from Andhra Pradesh to represent India at the former British Championship, never loses his composure. He said he was a man with a gentle way of speaking. But that didn’t mean he wasn’t strict. He was able to enforce discipline in his own way.
“One day, when I was asked to report on my training at the Larva Hadur Indoor Stadium at 5:05 am, I arrived at the venue before that, but I thought I would have a cup of tea before I started practicing. So I went to Jana Cafe (which was outside the indoor stadium) and drank tea before going inside. Therefore, I could be a few minutes late. Probably 5:07 am It was 5:08 am. When I went to Arifusa Hub and said “Good morning”, he ignored me and did not accept my greeting. After a few minutes, quietly and calmly, he told me I wouldn’t be allowed to practice that day. The next day, you need to report at 5:05 am. You can’t be a minute late, “Manoj recalls.
“The incident taught me two things. First, time was very important to Arif Sahab, and he wanted the trainees to follow his instructions exactly. Second, I told him I couldn’t afford to take him lightly. He made me understand the meaning of obedience and discipline without raising a voice or making a scene. After the incident, I wasn’t late for one training session, “Manoj said.
“In addition, what he said to the trainees followed himself. If he was late for the mission, he would mark himself absent or on vacation, even for a minute. He would be all day long. He will continue to work, but the official register marks him as on vacation. If he was a minute late for work, he sacrificed such a vacation day, “Manoj added. ..
“It was his attitude and principles that made us a big fan of him. He treated himself as harshly as we did, and all this he lost his composure. Lost. I’ve never met another coach like Sir Arif. It was he who opened our hearts. He made us think big and taught us how to achieve significant success. In 1984, Sir Arif took a one-year coaching camp for me. Pravin Kumar, Sunil Joti and Aniruddha Lao changed their careers afterwards, “Manoi said. ..
This writer has known Arifusa Hub for over 40 years. When I greeted his birthday and asked the trainees for any advice, he said: So in your work you are nothing but perfect. “
These are great teaching words from a coach of huge height. I hope Arif Sahab will live longer. May he bless us with his wisdom and advice over the years to come.
https://www.siasat.com/a-tribute-to-arif-sahab-on-his-78th-birthday-who-made-india-famous-in-badminton-world-2266463/ A tribute to Arifusa Hub on his 78th birthday, which made India famous in the badminton world.