Pullela Gopichand 'satisfied' over Indian shuttlers' recent display, feels there is potential to achieve more

Hyderabad: Indian shuttlers should look for consistency and target bigger tournaments such as All England and World Championship, said chief national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand on Tuesday.

Gopichand expressed satisfaction over the recent performances of Indian shuttlers, including PV Sindhu and B Sai Praneeth, but said its time to step up to the next level as a lot still needs to be achieved.

File photo of Pullela Gopichand. PTI

File photo of Pullela Gopichand. PTI

"Well, I think there is definitely a lot of satisfaction. But, having said that the potential which the players have, I think there is a lot more which they can achieve," Gopichand said at an event.

"We are in great position and all of them are very young and have got more years of badminton left in them. It augurs very well for Indian Badminton and not many countries in the world can actually boast of the kind of players we have."

Gopichand was speaking at an event where Newly-crowned Singapore Open champion Praneeth and Sindhu, who recently won the India Open Super Series, were felicitated.

"We have won many medals or events first time ever in our history and I hope that we can better all of those things. Whether it is the Olympic medal colour or whether consistency in terms of Super Series (tournaments) or events like the World Championships and the All England which are the prized possessions," said 2001 All England champion.

"I think, the next level would be to ensure that we win those big tournaments like Sudirman Cup and Thomas Uber cup, and we win medals at the Asian and Commonwealth Games and the Olympics. It is good that we are in a position where we think that these are achievable," Gopichand added.

Reacting to a query, Gopichand said: "I would like to say that by a huge amount of push of energy we have been able to get all the players in a certain level. They have put in their efforts.


Published Date: Apr 18, 2017 09:10 pm | Updated Date: Apr 18, 2017 09:10 pm

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