Adult images disrupt Badminton coaching seminar conducted by Pullela Gopichand and co. on Zoom!

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A unique online training seminar for the budding coaches of Badminton in India had to end in utter disgrace as pornographic images blocked the screen.

Famous badminton player and coach Pullela Gopichand along with Indonesian coaches Agus Dwi Santoso and Namrih Suroto were left red-faced as 700-plus coaches across the country watched the images on their screens at 12.40 pm.

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The event was being held through the Zoom app, which has been under scanner from multiple governments when it was reported that Zoom has sold the user data of millions of its users at a nominal fee to hackers at the dark web. The ministry of home affairs (MHA) had on April 20 warned users that the video-conferencing application does not pass muster. Yet, many schools remain using Zoom for online classes.

“Santoso, the new Indonesian coach, was the resource person when pictures started appearing on the screen. There was a momentary gap and then the images resurfaced. This happened a number of times,” a shocked participant said. The occurrence led to Gopichand immediately log out in disgrace.

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“When you are conducting a programme on such a large scale you should take precautions. There were several women coaches, parents and some children in the programme,” another coach added.

Another coach recommended that Zoom should have been discarded as a mode of communication by BAI and SAI. “We should have heeded the home ministry’s advice. There are so many other platforms. What if something similar happens during online classes by schools?”

“The Sports Authority of India, in association with national sporting federations, is hosting online knowledge development workshop for coaches in 16 disciplines. So far all sessions have functioned smoothly, with 500-700 coaches from across the country participating in the workshops per session. In one such online workshop which was being held for badminton coaches on Thursday afternoon, there was a sudden technical malfunction leading to some unwanted material popping up on the screen. The session was being conducted by a senior coach of the Badminton Association of India, who also had the online technical control of the session,” A statement from SAI said. “SAI’s IT department is investigating the issue in detail. However it is clear that the Zoom session was not hacked.”

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