Saina returns to Gopi Academy

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Sep 2017 09:12:44



THREE years after parting ways, Saina Nehwal has once again resumed her partnership with long-time mentor and former coach Pullela Gopichand and would be starting her training at his academy in Hyderabad after recovering from a thigh strain.

The London Olympics bronze medallist, who had suffered a slight thigh strain en route to winning a bronze at the recently-concluded World Championship, had discussed about her intention with chief national coach Gopichand and her current coach Vimal Kumar.
“For a while I’ve been thinking about moving my training base back to the Gopichand academy and I had a discussion about this with Gopi sir and I am really thankful to him for agreeing to help me again,” said Saina.

, who is now in Hyderabad recovering from the strain, wrote on her twitter handle.
“At this stage in my career I think he can help me achieve my goals. I m very happy to b back home and train in Hyderabad,” added the Indian, who had hurt herself after falling down during pre-quarterfinals clash against Scotland’s Kristy Gilmour.

Saina returning to Hyderabad has more to do with Mulyo Handoyo, best known for coaching Indonesian legend Taufik Hidayat, who was appointed as a singles coach early this year by the Badminton Association of India (BAI).
Under Mulyo, India has achieved unprecedented success with PV Sindhu returning with a World Championship silver besides winning the India Super Series.