India Coach Pullela Gopichand Blames Lack Of Clarity Over Resumption Of International Calendar For Lag In Training | Badminton News

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With the worldwide badminton calendar nonetheless not solid in stone amid postponements and rescheduling, India coach Pullela Gopichand on Wednesday mentioned there’s a slight “lag from the players’ side” to begin coaching. The Badminton World Federation (BWF) was compelled to postpone the Thomas and Uber Cup after a number of groups pulled out because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The event was imagined to mark the resumption of worldwide badminton after it got here to a halt in March due to the dreaded virus.

The world physique additionally cancelled the Denmark Masters 2020 scheduled from October 20 to 25.

“I believe our players are not trusting the fact that our badminton calendar is going to start very soon,” Gopichand mentioned throughout a webinar organised by the Athletics Federation of India (AFI).

“So there is a bit of a lag from the players’ side to get together and train,” he added.

Recently, Indian shuttlers had refused to adjust to Sports Authority of India’s quarantine norms, resulting in the cancellation of a coaching camp for Thomas and Uber Cup.

However, Gopichand feels lack of coaching isn’t a priority as players will get back to work as soon as they begin competing on the worldwide occasions.

“In all probability, the Danish Open will happen and once it starts the players will work more,” he mentioned.

Gopichand mentioned the pandemic has affected the gamers in several methods and a few of them have made good use of their time.

“For a few of the players, it’s been good because they are making good use of the pandemic, I won’t say for all as some of the players resuming training are not in the best shape which they could be.”

Sporting activites the world over have began once more, huge occasions just like the US Open, Formula 1 races, worldwide soccer and cricket have efficiently been performed within the security of bio-secure bubbles.

“First two months, maybe it was rest, recovery, the next two-three were about starting practice but now it’s time to start looking at preparing for the future,” he mentioned.

Gopichand, who took over the reigns of Indian badminton in 2006, mentioned the nation should adapt to the state of affairs and beginning a league, wherein high gamers compete with one another in bio bubbles, might be an answer to staying at par with worldwide athletes.

“Sport across the world has started and it means that we need to start as well because we don’t want to be left behind. It means that we need to adapt because in a country like ours, to have the same kind of tournaments we used to have, may not be possible.”

“But a league among top players, that is possible. So, if you are willing to quickly divide the players in our country as per their levels and start competing, it is a much faster way of creating those bubbles.”

“The bubble and other sports have shown that it is possible to ensure people can compete and the players are wanting to compete,” Gopichand added.

The 46-year-old mentioned the break from the sport is certain to have an effect on the juniors extra because the Olympic-bound gamers will have the ability to capitalise on this additional time to organize for the 2021 Games.

“My concern is not for Olympic-bound but under-13, 14 or 19-year-olds. A six-eight month break is a break in momentum. So my concern is more for them. For Olympic-bound players, they will just take the time to prepare better for the Olympics.”


AFI President Adille Sumariwalla echoed Gopichand’s views on the Olympic-bound.

“The postponement of a year has probably helped us in a way. Now they’ll get one more year of training. I think we will do better,” he mentioned.

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