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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

Coronavirus Outbreak: Pullela Gopichand highlights need to stay physically, mentally fit amid lockdown
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Coronavirus Outbreak: Pullela Gopichand highlights need to stay physically, mentally fit amid lockdown

The job losses and pay cuts are "bitter pills" to swallow but the common man still needs to figure out ways to stay physically and mentally fit even as the COVID-19 pandemic wreaks havoc, says chief national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand.

Coronavirus Outbreak: Pullela Gopichand donates Rs 26 lakh; Pankaj Advani, Dhanraj Pillay among others who contribute
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Coronavirus Outbreak: Pullela Gopichand donates Rs 26 lakh; Pankaj Advani, Dhanraj Pillay among others who contribute

Indian badminton team's chief coach Pullela Gopichand, multiple world title-holder cueist Pankaj Advani, former hockey captain Dhanraj Pillay were some of the prominent names who made financial contributions in country's fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus Outbreak: India chief national coach Pullela Gopichand takes online video lessons for shuttlers during lockdown
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Coronavirus Outbreak: India chief national coach Pullela Gopichand takes online video lessons for shuttlers during lockdown

Apart from Gopichand, Jamshedpur-born trainer Dinaz Vervatwala, who has worked with London Olympics bronze-medallist Saina Nehwal, is also taking fitness classes for the Indian shuttlers via Zoom app

Coronavirus Outbreak: Pullela Gopichand praises SAI initiative of providing online workshops for athletes during lockdown
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Coronavirus Outbreak: Pullela Gopichand praises SAI initiative of providing online workshops for athletes during lockdown

The SAI sessions on opening day was attended by athletes and para-athletes from all sport, including Olympic probables shooters Divyash Panwar, Apurvi Chandela, Abhishek Verma, Anish Bhanwala, boxers Lovlina Borgohain and Nikhat Zarin

Coronavirus pandemic: India's chief badminton coach Pullela Gopichand says Tokyo Olympics should be postponed
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Coronavirus pandemic: India's chief badminton coach Pullela Gopichand says Tokyo Olympics should be postponed

The call to defer the Olympics, scheduled to be held in Tokyo from 24 July to 9 August, is growing after most of the major sporting events were either cancelled or postponed due to the deadly outbreak

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Pullela Gopichand says he'll devote time to mentoring coaches after Games
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Pullela Gopichand says he'll devote time to mentoring coaches after Games

Chief national coach Pullela Gopichand on Monday said he will spend more time mentoring coaches after the Tokyo Olympics to ensure that Indian badminton delivers its promise of becoming a super power in the sport.

Badminton Asia 2020: Kidambi Srikanth, Chirag Shetty's clutch doubles win sees Indian men beat Thailand to set up Indonesia clash
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Badminton Asia 2020: Kidambi Srikanth, Chirag Shetty's clutch doubles win sees Indian men beat Thailand to set up Indonesia clash

The twist in the tale was provided by India’s erstwhile premier singles player, Kidambi Srikanth, who shrugged off his 20-22, 14-21 defeat at the hands of world junior champion