Pullela Gopichand urges players to get used to scheduling


Indian Badminton team’s Chief National Coach Pullela Gopichand has said that scheduling of matches in the recent World Badminton Championship was an issue, but urged players to get used to it to perform better.

Speaking with journalists Gopichand said that scheduling was an issue during the competition as he cited timings of P V Sindhu’s semifinals match and the finals. While important matches in quick succession do negatively impact performance of players, Gopichand says that players need to get used to it and not use it as an excuse.

Gopichand said players sometimes lose out when it comes the television requirements and what fans want. He says that there are cases when people would like to watch some matches in the morning and sometimes in the evening and it is this television-oriented scheduling that hurts players; however, it is a compromise that needs to be made and players need to get on with it.

Gopichand, who is appreciated for producing world class shuttlers, was elated with the way Sindhu played in the World Championship final before finishing second best in the epic clash. He also praised Saina Nehwal for winning bronze medal in the world event and men’s players K Srikanth and B Sai Praneeth for their competitive performances.

Asked about sports scene in the country as it celebrated National Sports Day today, Gopichand said sports in India is at a stage where it has never been.

“Indian sport is at a stage where it has never been in the past. We have the highest offices in the country talking about sport in a big way. We never had somebody at the Prime Minister’s level address this issue of sports successively over so many months,” he said.

A lot has been achieved in badminton and a lot more needs to be achieved, he said.

“Hopefully, things will improve. I would say that a lot has been spoken. A lot has been done. But a lot more needs to be done. Because, the whole world is competing and we need to ensure that we put our best foot forward,” he said.

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