Rio Olympic silver medallist badminton player PV Sindhu said that there is a need of more coaches in the country to produce more medallists. She was in the state capital on Thursday to attend the annual sports awards of sports and youth welfare department organised at Tatya Tope Stadium.
Asked about the huge money presented to her after winning the Olympic medal, she said, “It is good to see that efforts have been recognised by people. However, there is a need to support junior and sub junior level also. By doing this we would be able to produce more medallists.”
Her coach P Gopi Chand who had also attended the award function said, “It is true that India needs more coaches. Things are changing gradually as the badminton game has joined by youths in large number. Coaches play an important role in shaping the career of any player.”
She refused that her performance has gone down after Rio Olympic after she could not play well two back-to-back tournaments. “It is not the performance has gone down. A player always gives his or her best and sometime you do not win. But, that does not mean the player has not put his best,” she said.
Talking about her game in the Rio final, she said, “I did my best but the other player played a better game. It was her day.” About her fitness issue during the match, she said, “I had no fitness issue.” About the regular injuries of Indian athletes, she said, “Injuries are a part of every player’s career. No one can avoid it.” About being bought on lower price comparing to foreign players in Premier Badminton League (PBL), Sindhu said “It was the lottery system and I can’t say much on this.” She avoided questions on Saina Nehwal.
Gopi Chand made it clear that he has never favoured any player. “One can see my past. I have never endorsed any specific player. As a coach my job is to prepare more players which I have been doing honestly,” he said