As the entire nation lauds Coach Gopichand for his contribution towards Indian Badminton, here is Telangana Deputy Chief Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali making a statement that the government will find a better coach for PV Sindhu.
Speaking to a leading news channel, Mohammed Mahmood Ali said that the government will find a better coach than Pullela Gopichand to train the 21-year-old ace shuttler, who scripted history in Rio Olympics 2016. He was quoted saying, “The entire country is proud of her. We are very happy that our daughter from Telangana has earned a name across the world. In future, we will find a better coach for Sindhu. Her current coach is also very good, but we will find a coach for her so that she wins a Gold medal next time.”
Not many know the hardships Gopichand has gone through to churn out winners like Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu and K Srikanth, from his academy in Hyderabad. Sukhwant Basra forÂ The Hindustan TimesÂ writes:
Those early morning sessions in the wee hours that he is famous for have not only sculpted the skills of players like PV Sindhu and K Srikanth but have also made for tougher minds. On account of this man, Indians no longer believe that the Chinese are unbeatable.
In an interview, Gopichand”™s wife recalls the tough time her husband faced in the past- “When Gopi won the bronze at CW Games (1998) and all-England (2001), he was 27, he did not have the adequate facilities. There were no indoor stadiums. The LB Stadium (in Hyderabad) or the one in Vijaywada would be unavailable for days and months because of various functions and elections. Sometimes, they would be closed because the ballot boxes had to be locked there”¦.For four to five months a year, the indoor courts would be out of bounds. And then the availability of shuttles. They were quite expensive. We could not even think of physios or masseurs that are available these days. There would be none to advise us how to train and how to prevent injuries. The purpose of starting the academy was to provide all these requirements –physical, infrastructural and technical,” she reveals.
This picture of Gopichand playing at a tournament in 1996 with one leg injured, shows his passion and dedication to the sport.
At a time when someone like Pullela Gopichand should be showered with praises and accolades, a statement like this from the Deputy CM was totally uncalled for. Gopichand has done a great job shaping PV Sindhu into a great player. Now all she needs is good facilities and better infrastructure, not a better coach Mister Deputy Chief Minister.
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