We need world-class coaches: Gopichand

The former All-England champ signs MoU with Kotak Mahindra for development of the game

By Author  |  Sports Bureau  |  Published: 4th Feb 2019  8:46 pmUpdated: 4th Feb 2019  9:27 pm
Pullela Gopichand
Chief national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand and Kotak Mahindra Bank Joint Managing Director Dipak Gupta after the signing of the MoU.

Hyderabad: Chief national badminton coach P Gopichand underlined the need for more number of Indian coaches to take the country’s badminton into the next level. “Quality coaches are a need of the hour.

After the Rio Olympics, we see more number of youngsters in badminton tournaments across the country. Many of them can do better if we are able to train them. That is where we should focus more,” he said on the sidelines of a MoU signing event between Pullela Gopichand Badminton Foundation and Kotak Mahindra Bank.

Under the MoU, Pullela Gopichand Academy in Gachibowli and Kotak Mahindra Bank will work together to develop a badminton training facility with advanced infrastructure and amenities.

“We will develop six air-conditioned badminton courts in the existing premises. A Sports Science Centre consisting the likes of physiotherapists, psychologists, nutritionists, video analysts, etc will be set up. I believe that this will lead to the all-round development of players in the long run,” the former All England Open Badminton Champion said.

Talking about the growth of badminton in India, Gopichand said it is important to establish training facilities across the country to identify young talents.

“Around 2,000 players and 200 coaches have undergone training at our Academy in Gachibowli including champions like Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth. Badminton in India is on the rise. We should be in a position to tap the maximum of it so that we can win more medals,” he said.

Gopichand added that under the ‘Coach Certification Programme’ of the MoU, the Academy will impart training and award certificates to yesteryear players to become coaches. “We will also launch a fellowship programme for the economically backward players and coaches,” he concluded.

Dipak Gupta, Joint Managing Director, Kotak Mahindra, said the bank is hoping to complete the works of the Sports Science Centre and badminton courts in a span of three years.