• Coach change the right move for Saina Nehwal

    Hyderabad: Saina Nehwal said it was not an easy decision to move away from long-time coach Pullela Gopichand but added that she was glad to win the China Open and prove how hard her new coach Vimal Kumar was working with her. The ace Indian shuttler said as a player, she had to be selfish and think about her game, which is why she decided to try a new coach after 10 years.Saina Nehwal wins the 2014 China Open

    Saina Nehwal wins the 2014 China Open

  • Pullela Gopichand wants more badminton coaches in India

    New Delhi: India's Badminton great Pullela Gopichand famously turned down a cola endorsement for ethical reasons. But when it comes to coaching challenges, his takes it very seriously.Pullela Gopichand outside his academy in Hyderabad.

    Pullela Gopichand outside his academy in Hyderabad.

  • The life and phases of Pullela Gopichand

    By Pradyumna D S | Sportskeed

    It is not often that we see one man become the sole driving force of a sport in a country. But that is exactly what Pullela Gopichand (Gopi as he is fondly known) has done. He has single-handedly made badminton popular in India, first as a player and now as a coach.A recap of the achievements of Pullela Gopichand as player and coach.

    A recap of the achievements of Pullela Gopichand as player and coach.

  • Gopichand focuses on Asiad after split with Saina

    Hyderabad: Seemingly undeterred by Saina Nehwal's decision to part ways, India's Chief National badminton Coach Pullela Gopichand says his priority now is the upcoming Asian Games and he is focused on training India's medal contenders for the prestigious multi-sport event.P Gopichand (L) with P.V. Sindhu after she returned home with a bronze medal at badminton World Championships in Copenhagen.

    P Gopichand (L) with P.V. Sindhu after she returned home with a bronze medal at badminton World Championships in Copenhagen.

  • Jwala Gutta: We need a chief coach for doubles

    Hyderabad: Jwala Gutta does not see a great future for doubles in the country unless immediate steps are taken by the authorities. Essentially, she seeks a new independent coach in place of Pullela Gopichand, who also handles doubles.Jwala Gutta's relationship with India's national coach Pullela Gopichand has deteriorated ever since Gopichand chose to remain silent on the proposed life ban on her by the Badminton Association of India for alleged breach of discipline on October 2013.

    Jwala Gutta's relationship with India's national coach Pullela Gopichand has deteriorated ever since Gopichand chose to remain silent on the proposed life ban on her by the Badminton Association of India for alleged breach of discipline on October 2013.

  • Jwala Gutta lashes out at coach Gopichand

    Rupam Jain

    When the Commonwealth Games players returned home on Tuesday a hero's welcome awaited only a few - P Kashyap, Guru Saidutt and PV Sindhu.Jwala Gutta (right) and Ashwini Ponnappa wave after winning gold in the women's badminton doubles event of Commonwealth Games in New Delhi on October 14, 2010.

    Jwala Gutta (right) and Ashwini Ponnappa wave after winning gold in the women's badminton doubles event of Commonwealth Games in New Delhi on October 14, 2010.

    They then headed to the city's badminton academy to meet well-wishers. However, CWG silver medalist, Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa, were not part of this welcome. And Jwala Gutta made no bones of it. Lashing out at chief national coach, P Gopichand, Jwala said, "We were not even informed about it while he (Gopichand) is supposed to be our chief national coach. He is supposed to include all, and not just a few of his favourites," said Jwala. But the shuttler says she knows she wouldn't be 'invited' to the (proverbial) party. "This is something I have gotten used to. It was evident that we wouldn't be called there. Things have become so bitter that perhaps, even if we were invited, we wouldn't have gone."

  • Royal welcome for Kashyap, Sindhu, Guru

    Hyderabad: The Indian heroes returned home to a rousing welcome on Tuesday. Fresh from their respective Glasgow conquests, Parupalli Kashyap, P V Sindhu and R M V Gurusaidutt were accorded a welcome befitting their Commonwealth Games accomplishments. Kashyap, Sindhu and Guru touch down to rousing welcome

    Kashyap, Sindhu and Guru touch down to rousing welcome


  • Gopichand: It's not easy in Thomas-Uber Cup, but we will try hard

    India's national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand said today that India's Thomas Cup team stays a chance to reach last eight if India's singles players could deliver strong performances. India is in the same group with Malaysia, South Korea and Germany.The badminton scene in India has changed dramatically because of Gopichand. Now there is a proper structure, which was missing in the last 10 years. Gopichand has used his experience to bring about the change. India badminton owes its success to Gopichand.

    The badminton scene in India has changed dramatically because of Gopichand. Now there is a proper structure, which was missing in the last 10 years. Gopichand has used his experience to bring about the change. India badminton owes its success to Gopichand.

    "Our advantage is that we have some good singles players. Although they are not at the same level as Lee Chong Wei, other than that, our singles players have a good chance of defeating anyone else" said Gopichand during a media interaction.

  • India ready for Thomas and Uber cup

    Indian's Thomas Cup and Uber Cup badminton team will undergo a boot camp at the Siri Fort Sports Complex starting May 7 under the guidance of chief national coach Pullela Gopichand. A 30-member core team will prepare for Saina Nehwal (left), and Gopichand (center) and P Kashyap will form a solid Uber-Thomas Cup team.

    Saina Nehwal (left), and Gopichand (center) and P Kashyap will form a solid Uber-Thomas Cup team.
    the upcoming team championships, out of which 10 men and 10 women shuttlers will be selected to play for India later in the week.
  • Saina dedicates title to Gopichand, parents

    LUCKNOW: Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal on Sunday dedicated her first title in 15 months - the India Grand Prix Gold - to her parents and chief national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand.

    The World No. 9, who had last won a title at the Denmark Open Super Series Premier in October 2012, beat World Championship bronze medallist PV Sindhu 21-14, 21-17 in 40 minutes Sunday to take the title she had won in 2009.

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