21 September, 2020

Coaching Is Like Parenting, It's Tough Dealing With Top Players: Pullela Gopichand

The International Olympic Committee acknowledged Gopichand's contribution to badminton. The former All England champion feels the recognition is a boost for Indian coaches

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Coaching Is Like Parenting, It's Tough Dealing With Top Players: Pullela Gopichand
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2020-02-28T12:26:37+05:30

India’s chief national ­badminton coach Pullela Gopichand has been ­acknowledged by the International Olympic Committee for his contribution to the sport. The 46-year-old, who won the All-England in 2001, is India’s first to win an “honourable mention” in the male category of the prestigious 2019 IOC’s Coaches Lifetime Achievement Award. For the past three years, these awards have recognised the work of coaches who developed and nurtured athletes in the spirit of Olympism. The 2019 winners were athletics coach Malcolm Arnold from Great Britain and artistic gymnastics coach Ulla Koch from Germany. Since 2008, Gopichand has been running his own academy in Hyderabad, for which he had pledged family property to raise a loan. After he retired prematurely due to injury, Gopichand’s scientific ­methodology and uncompromising approach towards ­intense...

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