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Dark future for Badminton, says Pullela Gopichand

Pullela Gopichand opens up on his concerns over the future of Badminton.

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Image Source: Facebook| Chief national coach Pullela Gopichand

Badminton world is stuck between the daily news of postponed events. Circle of postponement and announcements of new dates have frustrated the fans. Overall, the future of badminton is in darkness. Thus, laxity has been found in players during the practice sessions, Chief National Coach of the Indian Badminton team, Pullela Gopichand expressed his opinion.

Badminton World Federation postponed the prestigious Thomas and Uber Cup yet again due to Coronavirus crisis. Denmark Open II also has been cancelled due to pandemic.

Pullela Gopichand was recognised as one of top badminton players during his era. He won All England Open Badminton Championship in 2001 and became second Indian to achieve it after his coach, the legend, Prakash Padukone. The Padma Bhushan awardee also has both Arjuna Award and Dronacharya Award on his name. Gopichand nurtured many Indian talents in his ‘Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy’ situated in Hyderabad. List includes big names of Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, Parupalli Kashyap, Kidambi Srikanth, Sai Praneeth and Gurusai Dutt.

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Move the limbs

Many sporting activities are already being resumed in spite of the ongoing pandemic. Sporting world is back on the track. Many sports events are being held with safety precautions. Resumption of international tennis, football, cricket and Formula One boosted the morale of fans. Thus we have to move our limbs as well, Pullela Gopichand said.

Situation of Junior players worrisome

Olympic contenders are on track to get ready for event. But the U-13,U-14, and U-19 age groups are under the scanner. It will be not easy for these young stars to get the same rhythm after six to eight months break. Even the most of professional players will also suffer from the same problem. Badminton action paused for young age group players and it turned into deadlock.

Gopichand suggested a solution to overcome this situation. He suggested that Badminton Association of India (BAI) should start domestic leagues for elite players in a secure bio bubble environment. The league can bring some action back where premier grade badminton players will face each other, and it will provide the correct preparation for international challenges.

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