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India badminton coach Pullela Gopichand says ‘lag from players’ side’ causing delay in sport’s return to action
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India badminton coach Pullela Gopichand says ‘lag from players’ side’ causing delay in sport’s return to action

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) was forced to postpone the Thomas and Uber Cup after multiple teams pulled out due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Shuttler N Sikki Reddy, physiotherapist Kiran Challagundla test negative for COVID-19
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Shuttler N Sikki Reddy, physiotherapist Kiran Challagundla test negative for COVID-19

The 26-year-old Sikki, a Commonwealth Games bronze-medallist, and Kiran had, on Thursday, tested positive for the highly contagious disease at the SAI Pullela Gopichand academy, which was immediately closed down for sanitisation and the camp suspended for a few days.

Shuttler N Sikki Reddy, physio Kiran C test positive for COVID-19 enforcing closure of Pullela Gopichand academy
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Shuttler N Sikki Reddy, physio Kiran C test positive for COVID-19 enforcing closure of Pullela Gopichand academy

Women's doubles specialist Sikki and Kiran, who have been attending the national camp at the academy, are both asymptomatic, according to a SAI statement

Saina Nehwal begins training at Hyderabad facility, to join national camp at SAI Pullela Gopichand Academy soon
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Saina Nehwal begins training at Hyderabad facility, to join national camp at SAI Pullela Gopichand Academy soon

Former world No 1 Saina has, for the time being, decided to train with shuttler husband Parupalli Kashyap and 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist RMV Gurusaidutt at a different centre near the Gopichand academy.

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

Top Indian shuttlers given green signal to return to court as Telangana government allows resumption of training
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Top Indian shuttlers given green signal to return to court as Telangana government allows resumption of training

The decision came after a meeting between Telangana's top sports persons and the sports minister V Srinivas Goud, who has directed the officials at different centres to allow athletes to train on alternate dates at half the capacity of the facilities.

'One-dimensional Chinese' to all-conquering 'Super Dan', Pullela Gopichand remembers Lin Dan's evolution
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'One-dimensional Chinese' to all-conquering 'Super Dan', Pullela Gopichand remembers Lin Dan's evolution

Gopichand, who was in the last leg of his international career when Lin Dan was coming up as another lightning-quick player from the Chinese stable, played the latter thrice (across 2001 and 2002), and beat him on two occasions.

Firstpost Masterclass: 'Badminton is high-speed chess in motion,' Pullela Gopichand deconstructs the sport
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Firstpost Masterclass: 'Badminton is high-speed chess in motion,' Pullela Gopichand deconstructs the sport

What is the correct stance in badminton? How should you align your body to add power to your smash? How to construct a rally? Chief national coach Pullela Gopichand dwells on these and more in latest Firstpost Masterclass.

Coaches, support staff have been hit hard during lockdown with virtually no income, says Pullela Gopichand
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Coaches, support staff have been hit hard during lockdown with virtually no income, says Pullela Gopichand

Chief national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand on Friday admitted that coaches and support staff have been among the worse-hit professionals during the COVID-19 forced lockdown with "virtually no income" for the past three months.

What's to blame for PV Sindhu's freefall after last year's Basel World Championships? Predictability
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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.

Coronavirus Outbreak: BWF unlikely to introduce synthetic shuttles next year due to COVID-19 pandemic
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Coronavirus Outbreak: BWF unlikely to introduce synthetic shuttles next year due to COVID-19 pandemic

In January this year, the world body had approved the use of synthetic feather shuttlecocks at sanctioned international tournaments of all levels from 2021.

Coronavirus Outbreak: India coach Pullela Gopichand urges BWF to come up with 'radical solutions' to restart badminton
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Coronavirus Outbreak: India coach Pullela Gopichand urges BWF to come up with 'radical solutions' to restart badminton

Gopichand believes one way of going about things is to segregate the players on the basis of their respective formats — men's singles, women's singles and doubles — and then conducting tournaments in three different countries simultaneously

Pullela Gopichand interview: National badminton coach on changing mindset of Indians, need for on-court arrogance and formula for success
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Pullela Gopichand interview: National badminton coach on changing mindset of Indians, need for on-court arrogance and formula for success

Pullela Gopichand spoke about how the Indian shuttlers' mindset has evolved over the decades, finding the formula for success, and needing on-court arrogance to succeed at the world stage.

India's national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand says 'athlete-centric' funding model doesn't benefit sport
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India's national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand says 'athlete-centric' funding model doesn't benefit sport

Gopichand made the assertion while addressing a special online session organised by the Sports Authority of India for its newly-appointed Assistant Directors

Former players unanimous in disapproval as BWF mulls change in format
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Former players unanimous in disapproval as BWF mulls change in format

The BWF wishes to change the scoring system to a best-of-five-games of 11 points each (11x5) from the existing best-of-three-games of 21 points each (21x3), but a host of former players and coaches oppose the move.

National badminton coach Pullela Gopichand says Indian society needs to reconsider concept of winning at all costs
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National badminton coach Pullela Gopichand says Indian society needs to reconsider concept of winning at all costs

Gopichand also took the opportunity to thank his parents and coaches for helping him reach where he is today and specially, legendary Prakash Padukone for being an inspiration to many

Coronavirus Outbreak: Badminton Association of India hold first-ever online coach development programme
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Coronavirus Outbreak: Badminton Association of India hold first-ever online coach development programme

The Badminton Association of India (BAI) in collaboration with the Sports Authority of India (SAI) on Monday launched an online coach development programme, under the leadership of chief national coach Pullela Gopichand.

Past Masters of Indian Badminton: Pullela Gopichand – personification of grit and determination
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Past Masters of Indian Badminton: Pullela Gopichand – personification of grit and determination

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.

Past Masters of Indian Badminton: Madhumita Bisht – tigress of the badminton courts
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Past Masters of Indian Badminton: Madhumita Bisht – tigress of the badminton courts

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.

Coronavirus Outbreak: World Badminton Championships bronze medallist B Sai Praneeth donates Rs 4 lakhs for fight against COVID-19
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Coronavirus Outbreak: World Badminton Championships bronze medallist B Sai Praneeth donates Rs 4 lakhs for fight against COVID-19

Praneeth, who is assured of a place in the postponed Tokyo Games, donated Rs 3 lakh to PM Relief Fund and 1 lakh for Telangana CM Relief Fund