Gopichand proud of PV Sindhu's Rio Olympics preformance, savours India's success in badminton

IANS August 20, 2016 01:54:30 IST
Gopichand proud of PV Sindhu's Rio Olympics preformance, savours India's success in badminton

Rio de Janeiro: Indian badminton chief coach Pullela Gopichand on Friday said that he was proud of the fact that under his tutelage the country has won two consecutive medals in Olympics.

Saina Nehwal won a bronze in London Olympics in 2012 and P.V. Sindhu bettered the colour of the medal after losing the women's singles final to Carolina Marin of Spain at Rio on Friday.

Gopichand proud of PV Sindhus Rio Olympics preformance savours Indias success in badminton

PV Sindhu talks to her coach Gopichand during the Women's Singles Gold Medal Match. Getty

"It's a one in a lifetime or one in a million times or, for us, one in a billion times that somebody gets an opportunity to stand on that (medal) podium and for someone like me it was a part of the journey as well," Gopichand told reporters.

"I am very happy and grateful to God and very grateful to people who have supported this journey, who believed in us."

'Gopi', as he is fondly called, reminisced that he told Sindhu to soak in the moment that she has claimed the silver -- and not get crestfallen by the defeat in the title clash.

"Immediately after the game, I told her, don't think we have lost a match, but that we have won a medal. This I told her so that she doesn't forget the effort she put in the last week," Gopichand said.

"It has done us all proud with the kind of effort she put in. We are happy and I wanted her to also feel the same way."

Saina was the first Indian badminton player to win an Olympic medal in 2012 London Olympics.

Updated Date:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

Indian men's, women's teams handed favourable draws in Thomas Cup, Uber Cup finals
Sports

Indian men's, women's teams handed favourable draws in Thomas Cup, Uber Cup finals

Indonesia, 13-time former champions, and six-time former winner Japan will headline as the top seeds for the Thomas Cup and Uber Cup respectively.

Ace shuttler PV Sindhu says athletes will have to get used to new normal of playing in empty venues
Sports

Ace shuttler PV Sindhu says athletes will have to get used to new normal of playing in empty venues

PV Sindhu said players would have to get used to the new normal of playing without the noise and energy of spectators with the effects of COVID-19 expected to be last for quite some time.

TOPS' Developmental Group program laudable but questions prevail over badminton's selection criteria
Sports

TOPS' Developmental Group program laudable but questions prevail over badminton's selection criteria

Several questions have been left unanswered about the process by which a total of 27 junior shuttlers were selected by the Sports Authority of India’s (SAI) ‘Mission Olympic Cell’ (MOC).