He has trained PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth, Saina Nehwal,Jwala Gutta for four different games.
During PV Sindhu’s semi final match. He told PV SINDHU that “ SHE has no Weapons” . Which gave her a confidence and she won the set with 11 straight points.
He helped Saina Nehwal in 2012 London Olympics to get bronze. In 2016 he improved his coaching skill by getting PV Sindhu a silver.
His own journey as a badminton player was quite tough that inspired him to help other players.
Gopichand’s last title had come 15 years ago, and after a bad Olympics campaign for him. He had been at his top form both game-wise and physically but had no support at Sydney 2000.
Pullelaa Gopichand playing with enduring pain and on plaster at the SAARC Badminton tourney on 28March 1996 at Vijyawada.
He had no coach to turn to. None there to comfort him or boost his confidence. His best chance of winning an Olympics was shattered ,so he made up his mind that he wouldn’t allow another Indian to feel that way in front of the world.
He got into coaching in 2004, and then became national coach in 2006.
He is the best person in RIO who is supporting our players .
Facts more facts aboout Gopichand
- He turned down endorsement deal with a soft drink giant because he thinks aerated drinks are bad for health and rightly so.
- He mortgaged his family property to set up the badminton academy. such dedication.
- His mother mortgaged her mangalsutra for fund raising.
- He is a hard worker, leaves for his academy at 4 in the morning and stays there till 7 PM most of the times.
Credits: Love Mishra