Indian Badminton at Olympics: PV Sindhu’s 2016 silver, Saina Nehwal’s 2012 bronze constitute total medal haul
Sports like athletics have featured in the Olympics since they were launched in 1896, but badminton was included in the Games only 29 years ago in Barcelona, and hence boasts a far smaller community of Olympians, particularly in India.
What's to blame for PV Sindhu's freefall after last year's Basel World Championships? Predictability
The answers to PV Sindhu's slump in form after her World Championships win, perhaps lie in a melange of a host of external factors as well as a clutch of facets intrinsic to her game.
Gopi's blossoming badminton career could so easily have been nipped in the bud, well before his hit his prime, by a terrible injury to his left knee in 1994 when he was 21, and beginning to crank up the pressure on all his rivals.
An unmatched talent in the domestic circuit, Aparna Popat holds the distinction of being the only Indian woman shuttler to win nine consecutive Nationals (1997-2005).
In an illustrious career spanning 22 years at the Nationals, from 1980 to 2002, this focused, aggressive player, Madhumita Bisht, bagged an astonishing 27 national titles that included eight singles triumphs and five consecutive triple crowns between 1986 and 1990.
Bigger the challenge, the better PV Sindhu gets: Deconstructing world champion's form trajectory on badminton's greatest stages
Sindhu is known to peak when the time is right; when major tournaments knock at her door. Looking at her trajectory on the women's circuit since 2016, the 24-year-old's knack of peaking after early exits has earned her a handful of medals.
Asian Games 2018: Lack of depth in women's squad may hurt India's chances in team event, says Aparna Popat
"We are not able to nurture the talent to the potential of a Saina or a Sindhu. The other players haven't been consistent too," says former shuttler Aparna Popat
Asian Games 2018: Former badminton national champion Aparna Popat says Asiad will be tougher than CWG
Former badminton player Aparna Popat said the upcoming Asian Games will be tougher than the Commonwealth Games and it was important the players struck form ahead of the continental multi-sport event.
A fortnight which began with India winning mixed team gold at the Gold Coast, ends with the sight of Satwiksairaj and Chirag winning silver. For good measure, somewhere in between those six medals, Srikanth rises to the World No 1 spot.
Dubai World Superseries Finals 2017: Deconstructing PV Sindhu's struggles in energy-sapping major finals
After her third loss in yet another energy-sapping major final, PV Sindhu searches for the elusive finishing touch in her armoury.
The Nationals Badminton Championships have become meaningful again, with every single one of the top players taking part in both the ongoing Inter-State Championships and the individual events.
Abhinav Bindra, PT Usha among Olympians named as National Observers to assist growth of sports in India
The government of India has designated 12 Olympians, including Beijing Olympic gold medallist shooter Abhinav Bindra, as National Observers in their respective disciplines to assist in preparation and implementation of the long-term development plan.
In short, things seem to be getting more difficult. more complicated… more confusing and perhaps even more mundane.
Saina blossomed into a player of international repute once Gopi took her under his wings and the world-class infrastructure at his Academy helped. And along with training her, Gopi also instilled in Saina the virtue of keeping her feet firmly on the ground.
Saina Nehwal has become a strong medal prospect at the upcoming London Olympics after her dominating performance over formidable Chinese players at the Indonesia Open, says nine-time national badminton champion Aparna Popat.