Pullela Gopichand laments lost year for athletes but hopes for rapid recovery from pandemic
Pullela Gopichand is always concerned about the players. National head badminton coach Gopichand is concerned about the mental state of players amid the pandemic.
Gopichand apprehended the post-pandemic approach of players because the lifespan of sports careers is short compared to other professions. He said many careers last 30 to 40 years, but a sports career only lasts 10 years.
“We have lost a crucial year due to a pandemic. But the good news is that sport is making a comeback at all levels. It’s the best thing that has happened if we could see all of the players back in action soon, ”said Gopichand.
The winner of the 2001 England Championships said this during a press conference with Uma Chigurupati, President of the FICCI Ladies Organization, before his talks with FLO members began at ITC Kohinoor in Madhapur, Hyderabad. Saturday.
“When you’re at the peak of your career, the career doesn’t last more than a few years. The pandemic has disrupted the short careers of many sports personnel. It’s depressing. Fortunately for athletes, defeats, setbacks and failures are an integral part of their lives. This has now come to their strength now. It gave them time to work on their weaknesses. Catch up on what they always dreamed of, ”said Gopichand.
As for the expansion of his Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy, he said they will soon have six new courts with air-conditioned facilities.
“We are building six new courts in my Gachibowli Academy, thanks to the support of the Kotak organization. We are also building a sports science center and a coach development center to support training in India because there is a lot of talent, ”said Gopichand.
The famous 47-year-old coach was pleased with the preparations of Indian commuters for the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Preparations for the Tokyo Olympics are in full swing: Gopichand
PV Sindhu and B Sai Praneeth in singles while Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy’s pair of doubles will represent the country at the Summer Games, which take place in the Japanese capital from July 23 to August 8, 2021.
“The preparations for the Olympic Games are in full swing. The central government provided personal trainers and the state government opened the Gachibowli stadium with facilities for us to train and we thank them. We are confident in a better performance, ”said Gopichand.
He is happy that the Olympics are finally taking place after a year of delay. Thousands of athletes from all over the world have been preparing for it for several years.
“The Tokyo Olympics, delayed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, are now scheduled from July 23, which is a big boost for all sports staff. We are all looking forward to it. I am optimistic about the good performance of all our players, ”he concluded.
PV Sindhu, who joined the Gopichand Academy ten years ago, won a silver medal at the Rio 2016 Olympics. She lost to Spain’s Carolina Marin in the final. Defending champion Marin injured his ankle last month and withdrew from the Tokyo Games.