A good coach isn’t obsessed with winning but will motivate his student and team to want to win. And even the best of effort is nothing until it is on the right direction. We can learn from the ancient times, that legends like Arjuna attained such skills and talent because of the teachings from their gurus like the epic Dronacharya. Hence a teacher, guide, mentor, coach or whatever you name, is the one behind molding a common individual to a great achiever.
Coming to Badminton, in 2012, Saina Nehwal won the Bronze Medal at London Olympics for India. Now in 2016, PV Sindhu won the Silver Medal at Rio Olympics. The only common point in both the athletes is that their Coach and he is Pullela Gopichand, the man behind India’s Rise in World Badminton.
Gopichand is the person who singlehandedly changed the sport of badminton in our country. It was very hard to a coach like Gopichand to survive the sport of Badminton in a country obsessed by Cricket. Born in 16 November, 1973 Pullela Gopichand is a former Indian badminton player. Presently, he is the Chief National Coach for the Indian Badminton team. He won the All England Open Badminton Championships in 2001 becoming the second Indian to achieve this feat after Prakash Padukone.
After winning the All England Championship, Gopichand could have retired to an easy life, but he did not. He thought of achieving for India, what he could not do in the Olympics. He worked so hard to bring Badminton in India into the light and brought recognition and Sponsorship to the sport.
He had set up a world class training academy and started grooming the young talent. He trained his students with discipline and hard work. Out of this, he produced players like Kidambi Srikanth, P Kashyap, Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu and much more. This kind of toughness is what has brought India its two medals at Olympics in a row.
He received the Arjuna Award in 1999, the Dronacharya Award in 2009 and the Padma Bhushan – India’s third highest civilian award – in 2014.
Saina Nehwal went on to win the bronze medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics and P.V. Sindhu the silver medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
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Gopichand also served as the official Indian Olympic Badminton Team coach at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
The man should be recognised for the various feats which he brought for India through training sportspersons like nehwal, sindhu and much more. All his hardwork shows in the success of his students.