Where is the next Sindhu; Gopichand has no answer

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HYDERABAD: When Saina Nehwal was 23, an 18-year-old PV Sindhu had already gained bronze at the World Championships.

Sindhu is now 24 however there is no signal of the next shuttler. When Saina and Sindhu have been ruling the roost a bunch of males’s singles shuttlers created a sensation of kinds on the worldwide circuit.

Who would step in to the sneakers of those tremendous stars?

Put this query to the chief coach of Indian badminton Pullela Gopichand, he has no answer and is frightened that if the system continues like this we might not have the next Saina or Sindhu.

“I have tried to speak about this in the last few months little more openly than I have done in the past. The fact that today in Saina, Sindhu, Srikanth, Sai, Prannoy, Sourabh, Sameer, Kashyap we have a bunch of players and these names you heard in the last five to ten years…And there is whole generation behind them who are coming up,” Gopichand mentioned, expressing concern that we might not get good gamers in future.

“Unfortunately we have not invested in coaches. And all of them (Sindhu or Saina) would need time personally. We actually have a big vacuum in terms of producing coaches of quality and it’s not a training programme issue, it’s eco system issue. We need to work lot harder to bridge that gap,” he added.

Gopi mentioned that as of now there are coping with this disaster by taking the assist of international coaches. “We are taking the support of foreign coaches like Park, Kim, Flandy etc., and Indian coaches like Amresh, Siyadat, Pradnya, Vijaydeep helping them to deal with these issues…But these numbers need to be larger and we need whole bunch of people to train these world level athletes, sit behind them and be able to tell them a strategy against a Lin Dan,” Gopichand mentioned.

Apart from Gopichand’s Academy we have now Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy the place coaches like Vimal Kumar have been working with skills like Lakshya Sen. Vimal earlier labored with Saina as properly.

Gopichand is of the opinion that whereas we’re struggling to care for the cream, what about dozens of different upcoming shuttlers. “This is only about the top cream. But there is whole bunch of juniors, sub-juniors, mini badminton players who are doing well and need support and that is very important. So I think it’s a large issue we are facing. It’s also our own doing because we have grown too fast and the infrastructure around us hasn’t grown enough. It’s a big problem we have and we need to sort it out. We need to talk about it and collectively find an answer,” the Dronacharya mentioned.

Gopi not proud of issues taking place round him?

It is learnt that the coach is not very proud of the means issues are taking place round him. He was kind of taken out of the junior improvement programme and the authorities and BAI have lowered their funding on the gamers.

Earlier, gamers from the top-50 are despatched to tournaments however now that quantity has come right down to top-30 rankings. Bright prospects like Lakshya Sen, Siril Verma and others haven’t bought sufficient assist or international excursions.

The authorities is spending 90% of the quantity solely on the seniors and simply 10% on the upcoming gamers. Ideally it must be 60% on seniors and 40% on juniors. This imbalance might harm Indian badminton in future.

BAI recognized 47 shuttlers as core group after choice tournaments however they haven’t been given sufficient publicity to this point. The coach is frightened about these and could also be that is why he is undecided about the next Saina or Sindhu.