Thread: Pullela Gopichand
10-19-2012, 06:50 PM #18
Came across a nice article about how one dedicated person can make a difference.....
Gopichand Badminton Academy, hallowed ground for shuttlers in the country. Of the 14 women’s and men’s singles players from India ranked in the world’s top 100, 11 come from this academy.
“Gopi sir is here every day at 4.30 in the morning and he’s on court all day,” Nehwal says. “I’ve never seen him leave here before 7 in the evening. He’s so dedicated and driven that players automatically give everything for him.”
A month before the Olympics, Gopi Chand upped the training tempo for both Kashyap and Nehwal, introducing strategies that were designed to make them peak in London.
“I did everything Gopi sir asked of me,” Kashyap says, “and immediately I felt the difference. In London, I knew that my game was better than ever before, and it showed in the result.”
Every international player at the academy speaks of this faith they have in Gopi Chand’s methods. “It’s simple,” Nehwal says. “He believes in me, and I believe in him.” And that’s not just in training. Even during her matches, Nehwal says, when things start to move too fast for her to strategize effectively, she blindly follows the instructions Gopi Chand gives from the sidelines.
The academy, in many ways, is Gopi Chand’s way of making sure that India’s current and future generations of badminton players don’t face the same struggles he did as a player.
“All my life, my fight was more in finding the right facilities than in playing opponents,” Gopi Chand, 38, says. “No electricity on court, or court is closed for no reason, there are no shuttlecocks, the coaches haven’t come, there’s no food. It was never about the game, it was just fundamental things.”
Even though the academy as it stands now was only completed in 2008, Gopi Chand had started training players from 2005 in a makeshift facility. By 2008, he had 60 trainees. Two years later, with Nehwal breaking through on the international scene and rapidly rising to a career ranking high of world No. 2, the academy was flooded with young aspirants wanting to join.
“We refuse 10 children a day,” Gopi Chand says. “Till two years ago, we used to make a waiting list, but then we stopped because there were more than 200 people on that list. The problem is not with the demand for the sport, but that there’s not enough infrastructure to cater to that demand.”
The academy now has 150 trainees under 14 coaches. A simple statistic highlights the pre-eminence of the academy in Indian badminton—all five events (men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles) at the 76th Senior National Badminton Championships 2012 in January were won by players from Gopi Chand’s academy. Three of those finals were all-academy affairs.
Sourabh Verma, who is ranked 40 in the world and is the 2012 national champion, calls Gopi Chand “omnipresent”. “He is at the academy before any player comes in,” says 20-year-old Verma, who joined in 2008 after winning the Junior National Championships. “He is always watching, always thinking about you and pushing you in the right direction.”
11-06-2012, 06:32 AM #19
Pullela Gopichand has done a great job to Indian badminton. I am here to salute him.
He got fame everywhere now. Now he has been called for UAE Exchange Bahrain international challenge as a CHIEF GUEST .
Here is the post.
I hope our indian community need to praise him for his valuable effort and his dedication to the sport.
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11-07-2012, 07:51 AM #20
Some strange news...Pullela Gopichand accused of mental harassment.
Upcoming Indian shuttler, Prajakta Sawant, has accused national Badminton coach Pullela Gopichand of mental harassment, and filed a case against him in court for the same.The 20 year old has asked for an enquiry against him after she was denied entry to the national coaching camp in Hyderabad, and has even asked for him to be restrained from sending teams to tournaments.Prajakta claims she was denied entry after she asked for different sets of training partners in the camp, and went on to accuse him of favoritism towards players of certain states.She has also alleged that Gopichand has destroyed the careers of many talented Indian shuttlers.Both the Sports Authority of India and Badminton Association of India have come out in support of Gopichand, while the Bombay High Court has allowed her to resume training at the camp.
Read more: http://www.sportskeeda.com/2012/11/0...#ixzz2BXaYDkhh
11-07-2012, 07:33 PM #21
I dont think he will do like that. He has dedicated his life to badminton. May be some misunderstanding between two. Or any politics played from the sides of the sawant??? No idea. I defintely know that he is very strict in teaching , i mean it is necessary for the good learning process. He is a good guru who wants young buddies to grow. Only from one student, the problem arises. Why not from others?.. Speculation raises doubts here. So, the problem must have had arised from sawant. Not from gopichand.. I hope so.
11-08-2012, 08:40 AM #22
I've seen lot of players accused coaches of favouritism and usually coaches will focus more on players who they think are more talented and less talented players feel neglected but the problem is that less talented players don't think they are less talented.
11-09-2012, 07:52 PM #23
GOPICHAND MUM ON PRAJAKTA'S ISSUE
Besides playing hero to thousands of young sports enthusiasts, national badmintoncoach and former All-England championPullela Gopichand is well-known for his principles.
He is perhaps the first sportsperson to have said no to endorsing a cola product.
So when he was accused of mental harassment by Mumbai-based shuttler Prajakta Sawant, it came as both a shock and surprise for many.
11-09-2012, 07:55 PM #24
BAI, SAI will take a call on Prajakta matter: Gopichand
At the moment, I don't want to speak about it. Basically SAI ( Sports Authority of India) and BAI ( Badminton Association of India) are aware of it. They will take a call. I don't know," Gopichand said.
"I think BAI and SAI are fully aware of the matter and I have communicated to them. Whatever needs to be done at the right time, we will do it," said the former All England champion, who was in the city as brand ambassador for the unveiling of "Mumbai Games', a multi-sport competition featuring 8 teams from the city.
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11-09-2012, 07:58 PM #25
Jwala Gutta adds to Prajakta fire
"Prajakta contacted me and told me about the issue. I read the court order and their petition and told her that I wholeheartedly support her. Favouritism, politics and discrimination have been there for a very long time. I will not take my words back on this as I am worried about the future of the sport. I am what I am because of this sport. I told Prajakta that since she has gotten out of the academy she has now realized where things stand. Earlier I used to talk about these issues and no one would understand my view."
Gutta further added that her support to Prajakta will not just be moral.
"As of now I stand by her. And I would be observing how this proceeds. If tomorrow she needs any kind of help or support I would readily give it," she added.
"Chief national coach (Gopichand) is the head of badminton. Ethically, it is not right for a chief national coach to have his own private academy. If the chief coach heads the selection panel, it is bad for the system."
"I am not being personal here. But the system now is not good because with the kind of facilities and the money the government is providing we should not have just one Jwala or Saina in the country. We should have had a whole lot. There has been no doubles player apart from me, Ashwini and V Diju.
It's a sad state. Everyone knows about it but nobody wants to talk about it," said the Olympian.
Meanwhile, hoping to join the camp at the earliest, Sawant has dispatched the court's order to the authorities.
"We have the court order ready and a cover letter from our lawyer. Both will be dispatched today itself. I expect SAI will receive that by noon tomorrow. Only after they give a nod can I actually think about booking tickets, as she might be turned back again," said Prajakta's father Sanjay Sawant.
"I am hoping for a speedy reaction from SAI as any case of delay will only amount to contempt of court."
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11-09-2012, 08:01 PM #26
Huh!As all this drama unfolds the only thing I can think is...
11-09-2012, 09:08 PM #27
Few years ago it was the association which caused the chaos in Indian Badminton now the players themselves trying to rip the sport apart in India that too at a moment when the sport is beginning to spread its wings. What a shame. It is debatable if Gopi is biased or not because his decisions when viewed from certain angles give different shades. But there is no doubt what so ever that decisions taken by him are always in the best interest of the sport's future in India and player's career. People like Jwala, Chetan, Anup and now Prajakta have always been vocal that they were being ignored and hold grudge against him, which is true in a certain way. In actuality they were never game for the kind of commitment that was warranted of them to champion this sport. So they themselves moved away since they couldnt keep up with the pace and since they were past their prime and age where changes to their game was not possible which is why Gopi shifted his focus to younger generation. But in the case of Prajkta, she is on the path of self destruction and in fact she has already has done an irreparable damage by moving to the court. God help her career now unless she finds some one like Gopi. But first she needs some counselling as this is not her first time blaming others.
"Ashwini picked up Pradnya Gadre, who until then was partnering Prajakta. Pradnya too seemed happy with this development as Prajakta and her father had apparently accused her partners - Pradnya in doubles and Pranav Chopra in mixed - of not performing well which was hurting Prajakta's game. A miffed Prajakta then left for Mumbai without informing anyone and, in fact, shot off a mail to Gopichand that he was harassing her and she may be forced to commit suicide because of his actions.Stung by the accusation, Gopichand informed BAI and asked them to intervene. He also insisted that unless she withdraws the email and apologises, BAI should not allow her to join the camp. Gopi was also worried that if something untoward happens at the camp he would be held accountable.Sources reveal that this is not the first time that Prajatka has accused someone of bias. A few years back, a Mumbai referee was summoned by the police after Prajakta filed a case against him."
Coming to power resting in one person is never a good sign and Gopi cant escape this ugly truth no matter how good or capable he is. Nobody really knows if he is really dictating everything for own interest which I highly doubt. Because he himself was once a victim of biased treatment and jeered upon, by many a pescimists and backtrackers that plague this sport in India, for his courageous, innovative and adventurous approach toward the sport during his playing days. Seems like history is repeating itself. Now he is being criticized for being partial to certain players of certain regions. What a BS.
Having said that I dont like to see one person holding the helm for too long. People change over time. So people in power also need to change. We a need a successor to augment Gopi's achievements just like we need one for Saina.
11-09-2012, 09:14 PM #28
Is Gopichand paying for others' faults?
TNN | Nov 10, 2012, 12.41AM IST
HYDERABAD: Is the chief national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand being made to pay for a clutch of decisions taken not by him, but some players and the Badminton Association of India?
Gopi has been accused by Mumbai-based shuttler Prajakta Sawant of not giving her preferred doubles partner, when in reality the decision was taken by other players and not the chief coach. For instance, when Ashwini Ponnappa was left without a partner after Jwala Gutta decided to take a sabbatical, the Karnataka player was given the right to choose her partner, given her stature as a Commonwealth Games gold medal winner and a bronze medalist at the Worlds. Ashwini picked up Pradnya Gadre, who until then was partnering Prajakta.
Pradnya too seemed happy with this development as Prajakta and her father had apparently accused her partners - Pradnya in doubles and Pranav Chopra in mixed - of not performing well which was hurting Prajakta's game. A miffed Prajakta then left for Mumbai without informing anyone and, in fact, shot off a mail to Gopichand that he was harassing her and she may be forced to commit suicide because of his actions.
Stung by the accusation, Gopichand informed BAI and asked them to intervene. He also insisted that unless she withdraws the email and apologises, BAI should not allow her to join the camp. Gopi was also worried that if something untoward happens at the camp he would be held accountable.
Consequently, BAI appointed a one-man committee (Pradeep Gandhe) to investigate the issue. However, Prajakta was unhappy even with that. She claimed that Gandhe will not do justice to her since he's close to Pradnya's father. In his report, Gandhe is learnt to have observed that the matter can be solved amicably if Prajakta withdraws the email and apologises to Gopichand. But even before BAI could act, Prajatka's family moved the Bombay High Court which allowed the shuttler to attend the camp.
Sources reveal that this is not the first time that Prajatka has accused someone of bias. A few years back, a Mumbai referee was summoned by the police after Prajakta filed a case against him.
11-10-2012, 03:26 AM #29
Only by now, badminton has just started to grow in our country. That too with the help of Gopi's involvement to this sport. I have one doubt regarding the truthfullness of each and every person in the academy. Because for a teacher, each and every person will be same in his/her eyes. But according to a WEAK student, he will always think as if teacher is always favouring BRIGHT students. This is a simple psychology. I think she is not used to the condition since her childhood from her schooling . Thats why she is playing this cheap politics. I never consider jwala's statements. Always she will say something unnecessarily in order to gain the media's attention. According to me, gopi is the best coach in india. If he got eliminated from the BAI, definitely badminton will go back and we cant expect anything here. And after doing all these politics, how come she will be able to join the academy again. I dont understand. If you are blaming a teacher moving to court and gaining a step in that does not mean you won it. Only after this, you are going face a real battle. How will you face gopi now?. Whoever may be, he has his own self respect. How will he teach you with all the blaming and all the steps you have taken against him?, Definitely, this will affect you in your career. I pity her.
11-10-2012, 06:11 AM #30
yupp!How will a man teach you if he was accused of sexual harrasement by you??
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