World Champion PV Sindhu conceded that everything was fine between her and India’s head badminton coach Pullela Gopichand, further saying that at the end of the day all it matters is to get a medal for the country.
There were reports in 2019 that PV Sindhu was separating ways with her coach Pullela Gopichand and the relationship between both of them had started deteriorating but the World No.6 badminton player had rubbished them all.
Pullela Gopichand is a name synonymous with the success story of Indian badminton. Gopichand has been coach both Olympic medalists Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu.
“Yes, it is fine. Nothing is wrong. As a player, I have to give my 100 percent. He is giving his 100 percent. At the end of the day we have to get a medal for the country,” PV Sindhu told India Today Consulting Editor, Sports, Boria Majumdar in the latest episode of India Today Inspiration.
“It was not tough. It is okay. She is just another human being. There is a lot of competition between us. A lot of rivalry between us. At the end of the day, she does her own things and I do my own. Gopi sir might have felt tough in the beginning but later I think he also took it in a sporting way,” Sindhu said on her rivalry with compatriot Saina Nehwal.
Saina and Sindhu were both training together at the Pullela Gopichand Academy in Hyderabad ever since the former returned to her first coach in 2017. But after some time both started training at separate academies of national coach Gopichand. Fierce rivals on the court, the talks of Saina and Sindhu apparent off-field animosity also refuses to die down.
“Both of us have a different style of game. The way he talks to her is different because her thinking might be different and my thinking is comparatively very very different.”
“When we played in Commonwealth, he did not come for any of our matches. He was just standing there. He was just happy that both Indians were playing in the final. As a coach, he is really very happy sitting there. For him, it is a very happy moment when we both are playing. At the end of the day, he is happy if anybody wins.”