Pullela Gopichand Worried For Indian Badminton Despite PV Sindhu's Win

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Pullela Gopichand, national badminton coach, feels there are reasons to be worried about the future as the country has not "invested enough in coaches".

Written By Shloak Prabhu | Mumbai | Updated On:

Pullela Gopichand, national badminton coach feels there are reasons to be worried about the future as the country has not "invested enough in coaches". India might be celebrating a world champion in P V Sindhu right now but national badminton coach  has cited concern. P V Sindhu, who is also an Olympic silver-medallist, became India's first world badminton champion in the sport with a straight-game triumph over Japan's Nozomi Okuhara in the summit clash on Sunday. She returned to a frenzied welcome on Monday night.

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Pullela Gopichand on lack of badminton coaches

However, Gopichand feels the country needs to wake up to the fact that there aren't enough coaches to handle the talent that is rising.

"We have not invested enough in coaches," he said here with P V Sindhu by his side at a press conference on Tuesday night.

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Pullela Gopichand, a Dronacharya awardee, is credited with grooming not just Sindhu but also the trail-blazing Saina Nehwal and K Srikanth among others. 

"We actually have a big vacuum in terms of producing coaches of quality and it's not a training program. It's an ecosystem issue. So, we need to work harder to bridge that gap," he said.

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Gopichand said although there are some foreign coaches like South Korean Kim Ji-Hyun on board, more are needed to deal with the talent that is coming up. He said more coaches are required to strategize for matches against seasoned international players like Lin Dan. "That we have not achieved. Hopefully, when this generation of people retire, we will actually get these people. If these people get back into coaching, then we'll actually get back numbers which are required," said Gopichand

"It's a question without an easy answer and till that time, foreign coaches need to support," he said.

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Pullela Gopichand appeals for a collective solution

The former All England champion said the hectic calendar of the sport is also the reason why a larger pool of coaches and physiotherapists is required. "It's also our own doing. Because, we have grown too fast and the infrastructure around us hasn't grown enough.

"That's a big problem we have and we need to sort it out. We need to talk about it and collectively find an answer," Gopichand said.

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