India needs quality coaches: PV SindhuOctober 5, 2017
COIMBATORE: Pullela Gopichand has masterminded P V Sindhu’s success on the international stage. And the top Indian shuttler believes India need quality coaches if players are to come up and win more at the top. “While there are many good courts in the country, we need to have good coaches for more players to come up. Not everyone can go to Gopichand academy and everyone cannot afford international tournaments. I have seen the courts in districts and those are really good. I think the coaches have to play a big role in the players’ development,” Sindhu, who was here for the promotion of Mission Sports – an audiovisual curriculum for budding sportspersons, said.
The top shuttler is looking forward to the Nationals where all the big guns will take part. “Definitely, it will be a different experience in comparison to the international tournaments. There are many Indian players who have improved a lot. It will be a good tournament and anyone can win it. It will be great to see all Indian top players slugging it out – it will be great fun,” she said.
Talking about the need to improve the sport at the grassroot level, Sindhu said: “I was at the Gopichand academy since I was 10. I was lucky to get good coaches and infrastructure that I needed. To become a champion, it is not just a few months’ practice, it takes years to make a champion.”
Sindhu said that her success in Olympics and World Championships has only increased her resolve to stretch the horizon. “I am very happy with the achievements but this is only the beginning. I have to do a lot more but I will take one at a time,” she said.
Sindhu’s rivalry with Nozomi Okuhara, the Japanese girl who beat her in the World Championship final, is the talk of the badminton world these days. Sindhu hit back to beat her at the Korean Super Series, but the Japanese won again in Tokyo a week later.
“Okuhara has been doing really well since 2012. When I look back at the game in Glasgow (World Championship), I still feel that if I had won, it would have been something different. But it was not my day. It is not about one particular stroke. I gave everything, it was one point here and there. In Korea, it was one of my longest matches and it was my sweet revenge. May be when I meet her next time, I will get another chance,” she said.