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Indian national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand receives honourable mention at IOC Coaches Lifetime Achievement Award
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Indian national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand receives honourable mention at IOC Coaches Lifetime Achievement Award

Chief national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand has received an honourable mention in the male category of the prestigious 2019 International Olympic Committee's Coaches Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of role he played in the development of the game in the country.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Kidambi Srikanth laments 'tough phase in last six months', sets sights on qualifying for Games
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Kidambi Srikanth laments 'tough phase in last six months', sets sights on qualifying for Games

Ace shuttler Kidambi Srikanth on Thursday said he would strive to regain his form and fitness ahead of the Tokyo Olympics after enduring a "tough last six months" owing to injuries and a stunning dip in form.

Chief India badminton coach Pullela Gopichand admits it was tough managing Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu together
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Chief India badminton coach Pullela Gopichand admits it was tough managing Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu together

National badminton coach Pullela Gopichand on Friday admitted that it was tough for him to manage two of his illustrious wards Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu together, saying he could never pick a favourite between the two.

PV Sindhu needs to adapt to crammed BWF calendar, says national coach Pullela Gopichand
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PV Sindhu needs to adapt to crammed BWF calendar, says national coach Pullela Gopichand

While Sindhu is assured of a ticket to Tokyo, time is running out for Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth to make the cut but Gopichand said the Indian duo can still qualify with some good performances in a couple of tournaments

Solely Saina's decision to shift to Bangalore, says Prakash Padukone Academy on Pullela Gopichand's outburst
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Solely Saina's decision to shift to Bangalore, says Prakash Padukone Academy on Pullela Gopichand's outburst

"PPBA did not have any role to play in Saina Nehwal's decision to move to Bangalore and train at PPBA," Padukone academy said in a statement.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Pullela Gopichand backs Indian shuttlers to produce a better performance at Games
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Pullela Gopichand backs Indian shuttlers to produce a better performance at Games

India's top players, including PV Sindhu, may not be going through the best of times, but national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand is still hopeful of a best-ever Olympics outing in Tokyo.

PV Sindhu's father PV Ramana raises questions over former coach Kim Ji Hyun's conduct after 'heartless' jibe at world champion
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PV Sindhu's father PV Ramana raises questions over former coach Kim Ji Hyun's conduct after 'heartless' jibe at world champion

It is with much consternation that badminton-lovers have been reading about the allegations of 'heartlessness' made by Sindhu's former coach, Kim Ji Hyun.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Pullela Gopichand believes world champion PV Sindhu can come out of slump soon
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Pullela Gopichand believes world champion PV Sindhu can come out of slump soon

Sindhu is too good a player not to come good. We will turn it back, we need to make some changes and hopefully we will get her back to winning ways soon," said Gopichand.

Archer Deepika Kumari, shooters, men's and women's hockey teams among athletes added to TOPS; Boxer Neeraj dropped
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Archer Deepika Kumari, shooters, men's and women's hockey teams among athletes added to TOPS; Boxer Neeraj dropped

Shooter Chinki Yadav, who secured an Olympic quota in the 25m pistol event earlier this year, was added to the TOPS list along with veteran Tejaswini Sawant, Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar and Mairaj Ahmed Khan.

Sports Ministry forms expert committee featuring Pullela Gopichand, Gagan Narang and others to review National Sports Code
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Sports Ministry forms expert committee featuring Pullela Gopichand, Gagan Narang and others to review National Sports Code

The draft sports code proposes suggests barring of ministers, members of Parliament and Legislative Assemblies and government servants from holding office in the IOA and NSFs, tenure restrictions and age cap of 70 years.

Hong Kong Open: Kidambi Srikanth pays the price for going against grain in straight-games loss to Lee Cheuk Yiu
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Hong Kong Open: Kidambi Srikanth pays the price for going against grain in straight-games loss to Lee Cheuk Yiu

None benefit from going against the grain of their being. In the past, Kidambi Srikanth had shone for his unceasing aggressive play where his smashes came like pile-drivers, predictably slotted down the line and yet, unreturnable for the likes of World No 1 players Chen Long and Lee Chong Wei.

Chief National Coach Pullela Gopichand laments lack of succession plan, paucity of mentors in Indian badminton
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Chief National Coach Pullela Gopichand laments lack of succession plan, paucity of mentors in Indian badminton

Gopichand said that after all the performances that he has achieved with the likes of Saina and Sindhu over the years, he feels that it is his responsibility to continue working

Pullela Gopichand interview: Indian badminton team's chief coach on PV Sindhu's slump, hectic BWF calendar and more
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Pullela Gopichand interview: Indian badminton team's chief coach on PV Sindhu's slump, hectic BWF calendar and more

There’s a running joke in badminton circles: at Rio Olympics, everyone prepared for Saina Nehwal. But PV Sindhu was the out-of-syllabus question. Pullela Gopichand grins as this anecdote comes up. But he soon gets serious.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Pullela Gopichand confident of Indian shuttlers bettering past performances in upcoming Olympiad
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Pullela Gopichand confident of Indian shuttlers bettering past performances in upcoming Olympiad

Chief national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand on Thursday exuded confidence that Indian shuttlers will put up a good show at the Tokyo Olympics, bettering their performance from the last editions.

Only five percent of Indians are 'sports literate', says Kanishka Pandey, researcher who had filed PIL for making sports fundamental right
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Only five percent of Indians are 'sports literate', says Kanishka Pandey, researcher who had filed PIL for making sports fundamental right

Pandey, a law graduate from Delhi University, had written a book 'Sports — A Way Of Life', which was released by national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand in 2017

PV Sindhu rues coach Kim Ji Hyun's 'unfortunate' resignation after Korean decided to quit citing personal reasons
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PV Sindhu rues coach Kim Ji Hyun's 'unfortunate' resignation after Korean decided to quit citing personal reasons

Badminton Association of India (BAI) will now have to quickly find a replacement for Kim, given that the Tokyo Olympics qualification is currently on

Tokyo Olympics 2020: PV Sindhu needs to evolve, add new thinking to armoury for success at Games, says coach Pullela Gopichand
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: PV Sindhu needs to evolve, add new thinking to armoury for success at Games, says coach Pullela Gopichand

Gopichand said that Sindhu will be one of the top contenders for the Olympic Gold but will also be a target with competitors having a year to plan against her

PV Sindhu says Indian badminton needs high level, qualified coaches to create fresh champions
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PV Sindhu says Indian badminton needs high level, qualified coaches to create fresh champions

PV Sindhu said she will now need to improve her game after winning World Championships as her opponents would have 'marked' her.

How a meeting with Pullela Gopichand in Ahmedabad shaped Manasi Joshi's badminton career
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How a meeting with Pullela Gopichand in Ahmedabad shaped Manasi Joshi's badminton career

Manasi Joshi won the Para World Championship in Basel, having finished with a bronze in 2017 along with a silver in mixed event back in 2015

PV Sindhu's Korean coach, Kim Ji Hyun, hails Indian shuttler's 'perfect' performance in World Championships final
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PV Sindhu's Korean coach, Kim Ji Hyun, hails Indian shuttler's 'perfect' performance in World Championships final

Sindhu thrashed 2017 champion Okuhara 21-7, 21-7 in one of the most lopsided finals in the history of the tournament.