Former Badminton doubles player Jwala Gutta believes that the success of Rio Olympic silver medalist PV Sindhu is difficult to replicate because of a lack of practice in the Tokyo Olympics. When London Olympics bronze medalist Saina Nehwal looked at the Olympics five years ago, Sindhu surprised everyone by winning the silver medal. This time Saina failed to get an Olympic ticket because of the Indus nation’s medal promise at the Games starting July 23. In a discussion on the future of Indian badminton at the ‘Backstage’ App, Jwala said, ‘I hope they win the medal. Sindhu is more stressed this time than ever. “In Rio, things were completely different for Sindhu. Now things have changed completely. This time, she is very focused on herself and how she copes with this stress is on Sindhu.”
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She said, ‘I think she takes it positively. Rio is also not easy, but Tokyo is definitely not easy. Everyone knows his game, everybody has seen him. “The worry is that players will not be able to play in many tournaments because of Kovid-19,” Zwala said. He said, ‘Before the second wave of corona virus, the situation was not favorable to Indians, but there were some tournaments in Europe. The problem with the Indian system is that Sindhu is their only player.
“When she practices with a player, we don’t have a player like her. There are 20-30 players in the Chinese and Korean teams. The journey from India has been blacklisted because of Kovid-19, so the Indian players have not got a match. Medal winner B. Sai Praneeth and world 10th men’s doubles duo Chirag Shetty and Satvikairaj Rankireddy also qualified for the Olympics.
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He said, “I have always loved the Sai game and I always believe in him. The problem is that he never believed in himself. Now after a bronze medal at the World Championships, she begins to believe in herself. There is no consistency in his performance but I think he performs well. Jwala said, “Chirag and Satvik are still young and they have a long way to go. They have nothing to lose so they can bet everything without any fear. They can take advantage of this opportunity because someone is talking about them.
Zwala once again questioned the multiple roles of head national coach Pullela Gopichand in the country’s badminton system, saying India could never produce better players unless this “conflict of interest” stopped. “After Indus, there is a lot of emptiness in Indian badminton. We fail to create the right system for badminton, we don’t have enough quality coaches. After a certain amount of time, players need experience, but only one academy is getting all the benefits.
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