Prakash Padukone’s commandments: Focus on results, not rankings; find youngsters who are physically gifted
Prakash Padukone’s commandments for Indian badminton: Focus on results, not rankings; find youngsters who are physically gifted; hire full-time professionals to work at BAI.
Gopichand, who had guided Saina Nehwal and Sindhu to a bronze and silver respectively in the last two Olympics, believes Indian badminton players have a good opportunity to better their performance.
Praneeth, who had ended India''s 36-year-long wait for a men''s singles medal at the world championship with a bronze in 2019, has reasons to get anxious having returned false positive during the Thailand Open in January.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Pullela Gopichand opts out of travelling with Indian team to make way for Agus Dwi Santosa
Gopichand, under whose guidance Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu claimed a bronze and a silver medal at London and Rio Games respectively, opted out after the IOA cleared only five-members support staff, that includes three coaches and two physios.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Pullela Gopichand says Indian sport at crossroads of a big jump in ‘very different and tough’ Games
Gopichand said he can see many "great starting points" in the sporting eco-system in India and a big haul of medals in the Tokyo Olympics can be the springboard in making the country a sporting powerhouse.
Sindhu will be the only player to represent India in the women’s category at the upcoming Games.
The Dronacharya Awardee feels there is a need for programs that turn former players into coaches
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.
Several proposals from member associations will be discussed during the AGM, the most important being a joint proposal from Badminton Indonesia and Badminton Maldives, and seconded by Badminton Asia, to "amend the Laws of Badminton relating to the Scoring System."
Swiss Open 2021: After loss in final, what PV Sindhu must do to return to her World Championship form
Strangely, Sindhu's overall physical fitness is also not what it was on the eve of the 2019 World Championships, and she seems to lose her breath more frequently during the longer rallies.
'The Gopichand Factor' by Abhijeet Kulkarni has a chapter on Saina Nehwal where he chronicles her relationship with India coach and former player Pullela Gopichand.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.