New Delhi: There can’t be two swords in a sheath, goes the saying. That’s quite the issue tackle National badminton coach Pullela Gopichand as he tackles with the task of training Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu at a different venue.
TOI has learned that the coach has been training Sindhu and Saina at divide academies over the last few days as they are no longer comfortable training jointly.
Ever since the team came back from CWG after winning gold +, Gopichand has been training them separately. When asked about the subtle situation, Gopichand said it was a judgment taken by the coaching team. “In the attention of the players, our coaching team has taken this decision. I had earlier trained them in separate schedules. We do whatever suits the player’s top,” Gopichand said.
Under the new contract, Gopichand has to divide his time between the two academies. I have no problems. Everything is going well and the players are also doing quite fine,” Gopichand said. Gopichand has two training centers — half a kilometer apart. Ever since the recent academy came up a few years back, the singles players have been training there. And when Saina come back to Gopi’s academy last September, equally the girls trained at the same venue, but not anymore. People in the know of equipment are not surprised by the development.
Many are of the opinion that the rise of Sindhu led to Saina’s way out from Gopichand’s Academy in Sept 2014. After a three-year period with Vimal Kumar where she achieved the world No. 1 rank, Saina comes again to Gopi last year. After her return, Saina rediscovers the spring in her step and has even defeated Sindhu. But all singles players training at the other academy and Sindhu will miss sparring co-worker. However, her team has no complaints. “We are comforting with the timetable. Her practice is going on the form; Gopi is allocating a lot of time for her. What more can we ask for?” said Sindhu’s father PV Ramana.