Gopichand, the man behind India's rise in badminton world

File Photo:Pullela Gopichand
IANS|19-Aug-2016 21:34

Hyderabad, Aug 19 : If there is one person and one academy which helped India produce world-class shuttlers and emerge as a badminton hotbed, it's Pullela Gopichand and his badminton academy here.

 Sixteen years after his heart-breaking defeat at the Sydney Olympics, Gopichand came close to realising his Olympic dream -- albeit in a different role.
 
 The amazing run of P.V. Sindhu at the Rio Olympics has brought the focus on her celebrated coach and his academy here.
 
 Sindhu, who created history by bagging silver in the women's singles event, is one of the products of Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy.
 
 Sindhu is the second woman shuttler after Saina Nehwal to take the badminton world by storm and bring laurels to the academy set up by former All England Open Champion.
 
 Analysts say the credit of turning India into a formidable force in the world of badminton goes to the 42-year-old, who has groomed world-class talents.
 
 Srikanth Kidambi, Parupalli Kashyap, Prannoy Kumar, Arundhati Pantawane, Gurusai Datt and Arun Vishnu are other products of his academy who have made it big in the game.
 
 Gopichand always had dreams of producing Olympic medallists. His efforts started yielding results with Saina bagging bronze in the 2012 London Olympics.

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