Pullela Gopichand

  • Dravid, Bindra, Gopichand to select Olympics medal hopes July 25, 2014

    New Delhi: With an aim to increase India's medal tally in 2016 and 2020 Olympics, the Sports Ministry has decided to start a "Target Mission Olympic Podium Scheme" and an elite athletes identification committee, which will include sporting greats Rahul Dravid and Abhinav Bindra among others. The scheme will be promoted...
  • Indian coaches don't have freedom to groom players for doubles: Gopichand May 24, 2014

    New Delhi: India's chief badminton coach Pullela Gopichand says a lot of work needs to be done in doubles event and stressed on the importance of a tougher system in place. He rued that Indian coaches don't have the necessary freedom to groom doubles specialists in the country. "A lot of work...
  • We pulled off wins from difficult situations: Pullela Gopichand May 22, 2014

    New Delhi: India's chief coach Pullela Gopichand on Thursday said he is happy that his wards, including Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu, have been able to pull off matches from difficult situations in the Thomas and Uber Cup Finals. "I'm happy that both Saina and Sindhu and also Jwala and Ashwini...
  • Momentum key in Thomas, Uber Cup: Gopichand May 8, 2014

    New Delhi: Chief national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand believes that momentum will be the key at the prestigious Thomas and Uber Cups to be held at the Siri Fort Sports Complex here May on 18-25. "In team matches the momentum is very important. If we go 2-0 up in a tie...
  • Pullela Gopichand confident of making last-8 of Thomas and Uber Cup March 30, 2014

    New Delhi: Indian men have been drawn alongside heavy-weight Malaysia and Germany, while women's pool features Thailand in the Thomas and Uber Cups to be held from May 18-25. India have a slightly tough draw in the men's section, which include Korea besides Malaysia and Germany while the women group include...
  • German Open win will instill new life in Arvind's career: Gopichand March 3, 2014

    New Delhi: Indian chief national coach Pullela Gopichand on Monday described shuttler Arvind Bhat's performance in German Open as "phenomenal" and said the title victory has handed a new lease of life to his international badminton career. Two-time former national champion, Arvind Bhat, 34, became the second Indian male shuttler after...
  • Shuttler Arvind Bhat clinches German Open title March 2, 2014

    Mulheim an der Ruhr: Seasoned campaigner Arvind Bhat reached a new high in his badminton career when he defeated Danish Hans-Kristian Vittinghus to clinch the men's singles title of the $120,000 German Open Grand Prix Gold here on Sunday. The Indian veteran struck the form of his life at the age...
  • Hope to see many more Saina-Sindhu finals: Pullela Gopichand January 27, 2014

    Lucknow: Chief national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand hopes his two most famous proteges -- Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal and World Championship bronze medallist P V Sindhu -- play many more finals against each other like they did here at the India Grand Prix Gold. Gopichand, who was named for the...
  • Saina Nehwal dedicates title to Gopichand, parents January 27, 2014

    Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal on Sunday dedicated her first title in 15 months - the India Grand Prix Gold - to her parents and chief national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand. The World No. 9, who had last won a title at the Denmark Open Super Series Premier in October 2012,...
  • Paes, Gopichand get Padma Bhushan; Yuvraj Padma Shri January 25, 2014

    New Delhi: Tennis star Leander Paes and badminton player-turned-coach Pullela Gopichand were on Saturday selected for the prestigious Padma Bhushan awards while cricketer Yuvraj Singh was among the seven sportspersons chosen for this year's Padma Shri award. Squash player Dipika Pallikal, former Indian women's cricket captain Anjum Chopra, Sunil Dabas (Kabaddi),...
  • I am expecting Saina Nehwal to do well: Pullela Gopichand January 21, 2014

    Lucknow: After going without a single title in the 2013 season, Saina Nehwal is hungry for success and chief national coach Pullela Gopichand is hoping that the Indian ace will be able to snap her poor streak at the Syed Modi International tournament, starting Wednesday. Gopichand hoped it will be a...
  • Hectic schedule affected Saina's performance: Gopichand November 21, 2013

    Hyderabad: National Coach Pullela Gopichand feels the "hectic" international and domestic schedule has taken a toll on Saina Nehwal's fitness and form this season but exuded confidence that "solid training" will make the Indian ace battle-ready for next year. The 23-year-old Saina had a poor run this season as she failed...
  • I am surprised why Gopichand is quiet: Jwala Gutta October 25, 2013

    New Delhi: Embattled shuttler Jwala Gutta Friday said she is surprised that India's chief badminton coach Pullela Gopichand is still silent on the proposed life ban on her by BAI for an alleged disciplinary breach. "I am really surprised why the chief coach is quiet. Why he has nothing to say?,"...
  • Saina will play in Denmark Open, says Gopichand September 6, 2013

    Hyderabad: Saina Nehwal, who has decided to skip the Japan Open Super Series tournament this month, will play in the Denmark Open in October, chief national coach Pullela Gopichand said here on Friday. "She will be playing in Denmark and France," he told reporters here on the sidelines of inauguration of...
  • Saina Nehwal to skip Japan Open September 5, 2013

    New Delhi: World No.4 Saina Nehwal and a few other Indian doubles shuttlers will skip the Japan Open Super Series in Tokyo from Sep 17-22 to concentrate on the European circuit in October. "A few players have been withdrawn from Japan Open following their request and advice of chief national coach...
  • Gopichand delighted with good start to IBL August 18, 2013

    Mumbai: Indian badminton coach Pullela Gopichand on Sunday said the IPL-style Indian Badminton League (IBL) has got off to a good start and generated a lot of interest in people. "It is important to get a good start and the IBL has got a good start. It has created a phenomenal...
  • It is exciting time for Indian Tennis: Gopichand August 16, 2013

    National badminton coach Pullela Gopichand is happy with India's performance at the World Championships and feels that IBL is a good opportunity for young players....
  • Many more medals to come in future: Pullela Gopichand August 13, 2013

    National coach Pullela Gopichand expressed his satisfaction over India's performance in the World Championships hopes that IBL will help in improving the Indian Badminton. ...
  • P V Sindhu can improve further, feels Pullela Gopichand August 9, 2013

    Guangzhou: National coach Pullela Gopichand expressed satisfaction after P V Sindhu's superb show ensured India a bronze medal at the World Championship here today but at the same time reminded that Saina Nehwal would make a comeback despite her quarter-final loss. "It is good to have a win after two losses,"...
  • Semi-final is our next target, says Pullela Gopichand August 8, 2013

    Guangzhou: India's chief coach Pullela Gopichand on Thursday commended the stunning performances of his wards, including PV Sindhu and Parupalli Kashyap, but asked them to step up the gas and reach the semi-finals of the ongoing World Badminton Championships. India's rising shuttler Sindhu registered a stunning 21-18, 23-21 victory over defending...
  • Good wins for us today, says Pullela Gopichand August 8, 2013

    PV Sindhu stunned defending champion Yihan Wang to reach the quarter-final of World Championships along with Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap. ...
  • Big chance for crop of young players: Pullela Gopichand July 31, 2013

    New Delhi: Chief national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand has said the new crop of Indian players was coming along well and that they have a great opportunity to showcase their promise at the World Championships, starting Monday in Guangzhou. "I think the younger crop is coming along well and it is...
  • Gopichand is doing a good job with Indian players: Schenk July 30, 2013

    New Delhi: World number four Juliane Schenk of Germany has heaped praise on Pullela Gopichand, saying the Indian chief coach is doing a "great job" in helping the young shuttlers perform at world stage. Schenk, who won the the bronze medal at the last edition of World Championship in London,...
  • Saina has good chance in World Championships: Gopichand July 24, 2013

    Kolkata: Praising India's top shuttler Saina Nehwal for her hard work, national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand Wednesday said she has a good chance of winning top honours at the upcoming World Championships in China. "She is a role model for the young players. I think going into the tournament Saina will...
  • Gopichand defends slashing base price of Jwala, Ashwini July 24, 2013

    Kolkata: The base price of two of the six Icon Players, who went unsold in the the Indian Badminton League (IBL), was reduced to ensure they did not suffer a financial loss, national coach Pullela Gopichand asserted Wednesday At the inaugural players' auction for the IBL Monday, organisers were forced to...
  • I am excited about the IBL auctions, says Gopichand July 22, 2013

    India's national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand is happy that players are being sold at such high price in the in the inaugural Indian Badminton League's players auction. ...
  • Bindra, Gopichand to share experiences with aspiring Olympians July 8, 2013

    Bangalore: Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra and former All England Badminton Champion Pullela Gopichand among others will share their experiences with aspiring Olympians at a first-of-its-kind athletes' conclave organised by GoSports Foundation here on July 17. The GoSports Foundation Athletes' Conclave is aimed at creating an interactive platform, providing a unique...
  • Shuttler Sindhu eyes top-10 bracket May 7, 2013

    Hyderabad: After winning her first major international title, the Malaysia Grand Prix Gold 2013, ace Indian shuttler P V Sindhu is aiming to break into top 10 by the end of this year. She is currently ranked world number 13. Sindhu arrived at the P Gopichand Badminton Academy to a grand...
  • Gopichand happy with emerging crop of players April 28, 2013

    New Delhi: Seeing his protege Saina Nehwal departing early from India Open, national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand was expectedly sad but that feeling was more or less neutralised when he witnessed the gritty performances of young players such as PV Sindhu. "We have had a whole lot of players emerging from...
  • England badminton coach all praise for Gopichand and Saina April 26, 2013

    New Delhi: England's chief coach Jokob Hoi has hailed Pullela Gopichand for changing the Indian badminton scene and is all praise for the country's Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal. Talking to IANS, Hoi said Indian badminton owes its success to Gopichand, an All-England Champion. The Englishman feels Indian badminton has grown rapidly...