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Porn pops up during online training of top badminton coaches


HYDERABAD: A special online training clinic for India's budding badminton coaches was hastily ended on Thursday after porn photographs all of sudden popped up on display screen during the reside streaming session.

The glitch left chief trainer Pullela Gopichand along with Indonesian coaches Agus Dwi Santoso and Namrih Suroto red-faced as 700-plus coaches around the country watched the images on their displays at 12.40 pm.

Sports Authority of India (SAI) and Badminton Association of India (BAI) are carrying out the 21-day programme on Zoom. The invite for the session was sent via SAI-Bangalore with the subject - SAI Badminton Online CDP - on Thursday.

In contemporary days, Zoom has been beneath scrutiny worldwide for its lax security features. The ministry of house affairs (MHA) had on April 20 warned users that the video-conferencing utility does no longer cross muster. Several faculties have also been the use of the app for online classes during the lockdown.

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Several coaches, who spoke to TOI, stated they were stunned via what they saw. "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 participant stated.

Gopichand, it's learnt, logged out immediately afterwards.

Another trainer instructed NewsTread that there have been rather a few girls individuals in the programme. "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, though it is meant only for coaches," he stated.

The coaches opined BAI and SAI should have stopped the use of Zoom via now. "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?" requested every other trainer.

'SESSION NOT HACKED'


SAI clarified on Thursday evening that the Zoom session was no longer hacked. Terming it as a 'one-off glitch', SAI stated in a remark that its IT division was investigating the problem "in detail".


"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," an legitimate remark from SAI, Bengaluru, stated.


"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," the remark stated.


"SAI's IT department is investigating the issue in detail. However it is clear that the Zoom session was not hacked," SAI added.


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