BAI writes to IOA to permit four coaches together with Pullela Gopichand for Olympic-bound shuttlers

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Pullela Gopichand and Saina Nehwal

The Badminton Affiliation of India (BAI) has written to the Indian Olympic Affiliation (IOA) for sanction of 4 travelling coaches, together with chief nationwide coach Pullela Gopichand, and two physios to journey with the Indian badminton contingent to the Tokyo Olympics.

Other than Gopichand, who has been to the final three Olympics, the three overseas coaches — Agus Dwi Santoso (Indonesia), Park Tae Sang (Korea) and Mathias Boe (Denmark) had been named within the letter, apart from the 2 physios Sumansh Sivalanka and Evangline Baddam (feminine).

“Badminton has finest shot at medals in Tokyo and a letter was despatched to IOA to this respect on Monday mentioning the six member help group that additionally contains chief coach Gopichand’s title together with the squad of 4 gamers,” a BAI supply informed PTI on situation of anonymity.

Rio silver medallist P V Sindhu, World Championship bronze medallist B Sai Praneeth and World No 10 males’s doubles pair of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy are the Indian shuttlers who’ve certified for the Tokyo Video games scheduled to start on July 23.

Based on the norms, the variety of officers travelling to Olympics can’t be greater than one-third of the athlete. Nevertheless, the sports activities ministry can permit extra officers for free of charge to the federal government.

Within the run-up to the Olympics, Sindhu has been coaching underneath Park on the Gachibowli Indoor stadium, whereas Santoso has been working with Praneeth and Boe was appointed to information Chirag and Satwik of their maiden Video games.

Therefore, the BAI sought the opinion of the Olympic-bound Indian shuttlers earlier than writting to the IOA. With Gopichand on the helm of affairs, India had returned with a bronze and a silver from the final two editions at London and Rio de Janeiro.

Nevertheless, the chief coach had final week reportedly mentioned that he won’t go to Tokyo this time.

“It’s going to be powerful, since you get only one/third of the help workers contingent going with the group … I could possibly be not travelling to Tokyo as nicely as a result of I do consider that the instant coaches who’ve educated the gamers ought to go as the primary precedence,” he had mentioned throughout a TV interview. 

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