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    Default Pullela Gopichand

    Anyone know what happened to Puella? He played in a tournament in Calgary last summer and lost to Kenneth Jonnassen I think it was... I cant find him in the rankings anywhere!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eurasian =--(O)
    . I cant find him in the rankings anywhere!?
    Do you mean world ranking?? He is 141st in the world, 7th in India now.

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    that sucks... is he going to make a comeback?

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    The latest I heard:-****
    A comeback for him is highly unlikely now. He has been plagued with multiple
    types of injuries throughout his career & now it is taking a toll on him to a point where it is going to be difficult for him to win any world championship level games!!!!

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    No more comebacks for Gopichand, he is very LIKELY retired from the international circuit. He opened a huge (supposedly one of the biggest in Asia) academy in his hometown of Hyderabad recently, with the help from state government, and developing the future stars there. Hope to see these rising juniors in the next 2-3 years.

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    Heard Gopi had officially made his retirement annoucement & is now concentrating on his Academy in Hyderbad.

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    He was touring the competitions with some of the juniors from india, but pulled out of playing in the scottish open last year due to injury one week before it was due to start

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    Quote Originally Posted by neoking
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    Heard Gopi had officially made his retirement annoucement & is now concentrating on his Academy in Hyderbad.
    No he has not yet made any official announcement on his retirement yet though it does not look like he will be playing a lot now.He is concentrating on his academy now and has received funds for it through the government.
    I think he said that he might just give the Doha asian games a shot.
    Otherwise i think the end is near.

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    I met the guy when he did the badminton revolution in Calgary. He was very articulate and seemed to be an outstanding person.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eurasian =--(O)
    I met the guy when he did the badminton revolution in Calgary. He was very articulate and seemed to be an outstanding person.
    He seems to be somehow different from everyone else!Dont u think so?

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    If I may shamelessly republish it here:
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    I wonder why nobody talks about this man much around here.... He is one of the most prominent people in the Badminton World. He started the process of making India an important badminton playing nation. And I think in a few years (around 2015-2016), he will be able put India's name beside other badminton nations like China, Korea, Denmark etc. Prakash Padukone may have been better than Gopichand but when it came revolutionizing Indian Badminton scene, this guy has been very instrumental. He changed the face of Indian badminton in a span of just 5 years.... Although there were some Indian players doing well before this but I don't think they are comparable to the current crop of players who are much more fitter, have better technique and better play... All thanks to Gopichand and his team at the Gopichand Academy in Hyderabad, India. No one in India understands the needs of an Indian Badminton player better than Gopichand. Yet many don't recognize his contributions to this game, especially in India which really disappoints me. Whenever I watch badminton, the female commentator (I don't know her name, I think she is British) always praises Gopichand for his work on the young players from India.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rahuldarga View Post
    I wonder why nobody talks about this man much around here....
    Maybe because he is not so polarising in people's views, as say, a LYB or a LM

    He is one of the most prominent people in the Badminton World. He started the process of making India an important badminton playing nation. And I think in a few years (around 2015-2016), he will be able put India's name beside other badminton nations like China, Korea, Denmark etc. Prakash Padukone may have been better than Gopichand but when it came revolutionizing Indian Badminton scene, this guy has been very instrumental. He changed the face of Indian badminton in a span of just 5 years.... Although there were some Indian players doing well before this but I don't think they are comparable to the current crop of players who are much more fitter, have better technique and better play... All thanks to Gopichand and his team at the Gopichand Academy in Hyderabad, India
    . Agreed!

    No one in India understands the needs of an Indian Badminton player better than Gopichand.
    IMO Gopichand himself cannot fully understand those needs. I still maintain that what BAI need is less bureaucracy (wishful thinking! ) and more involvement of top coaches and training/support staff from other countries. Also, it would help immensely if the corporates got more proactively into the act, and helped some of the brighter prospects station themselves abroad (SE Asia, Europe etc.) for 6- or 12-month stints.

    Yet many don't recognize his contributions to this game, especially in India which really disappoints me. Whenever I watch badminton, the female commentator (I don't know her name, I think she is British) always praises Gopichand for his work on the young players from India.
    Gillian Clark, MBE. aka GC! Once a top Brit player, now known as the "Voice of Badminton"

    I had posted this link on another thread, but it is worth re-posting here as well...

    Gopiís rise: How parents supported a sports protege
    Anupama Bagri Dec 9, 2011

    http://www.firstpost.com/sports/gopi...ge-151653.html

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    you need to do your country men a favour by posting here more regularly man. You see how malaysians do it? Boleh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cobalt View Post
    Maybe because he is not so polarising in people's views, as say, a LYB or a LM

    . Agreed!

    IMO Gopichand himself cannot fully understand those needs. I still maintain that what BAI need is less bureaucracy (wishful thinking! ) and more involvement of top coaches and training/support staff from other countries. Also, it would help immensely if the corporates got more proactively into the act, and helped some of the brighter prospects station themselves abroad (SE Asia, Europe etc.) for 6- or 12-month stints.

    Gillian Clark, MBE. aka GC! Once a top Brit player, now known as the "Voice of Badminton"

    I had posted this link on another thread, but it is worth re-posting here as well...

    Gopi’s rise: How parents supported a sports protege
    Anupama Bagri Dec 9, 2011

    http://www.firstpost.com/sports/gopi...ge-151653.html
    Gopichand has been a catalyst of sorts to bring about the change in Indian sports scene.... For that he deserves to be applauded... Unlike China and other nations, India is a very difficult place for sports persons who have very limited facilities to train.

    I have seen on many threads talk about coaches from China, Malaysia, Indonesia and Korea. I've never seen anyone mention about this man anywhere, probably because nobody knows what he did.

    There are better coaches than Gopi in China, Denmark, Korea etc.
    When I say "No one understands players' needs better than Gopichand", what I mean is, among the badminton coaches in India Gopi has more understanding of Indian players' needs as he was once a top class player himself and he has been through some of the career threatening injuries and how he got himself through those and won the All England...

    Honestly, there is a bigger issue than the Indian Bureaucracy... Its the Indian mentality to look down on sports that worries me a lot. Although, it is changing now but still there is a long way to go... Indian sports persons who succeeded till now, did it on their own with their passion and hard work. Every sports person does that but they also need some sort support so that they can continue to put their complete effort. For example : http://www.indianexpress.com/news/sainas-passport-delay-might-cost-her-the-to/398063/
    A player should concentrate on their game not about these silly things which should be take care by the BAI or by the Government

    Indian government never did anything for them and they never will... Its the people's interest that will bring the necessary change.

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    Yeah.. that's reason why I posted my opinion as this thread was lying dormant for a while now and needed to be discussed. I wanted to do to my countrymen a favor as you said....

    Although I have been a member for quite a while now, I started posting comments only recently as I am able to take out some free time since I graduated and not as busy as I used to be.
    I will try my best to post regularly because I have varied interests. So, I do it in cycles of every one or two weeks or when there is tournament going on...
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