The Greater Noida authority has decided to invite PV Sindhu, who won a silver medal in badminton in the Rio Olympics, to the city’s stadium where coach and former badminton player Pullela Gopichand has opened a branch of his academy to train students.
Gopichand will begin training the first batch of students at the Greater Noida stadium from September 11. Officials want Sindhu to also visit the academy to encourage the children who will train there.
“The badminton court in Greater Noida Stadium is ready. We had signed an agreement with Gopichand on July 20 this year. We will invite Sindhu to visit our stadium so that children can learn from her,” said Deepak Agarwal, chief executive officer (CEO), Greater Noida authority.
“As PV Sindhu is a student of Gopichand, we want her to play at our academy very soon. We plan to write to Gopichand that Sindhu should pay a visit once she gets the time after her return from Rio de Janeiro. Our effort with the academy and in signing the agreement with Gopichand is to prepare badminton players who will bring laurels to Greater Noida,” said Rajiv Tyagi, general manager of the authority.
Gopichand, who won the 2001 England Open Badminton Championship, has already visited the Greater Noida Stadium. The authority has spent Rs 130 crore on developing this stadium that has also hosted international one-day cricket matches.
“When we had signed the agreement with Gopichand for coaching, he had mentioned Sindhu and said she had the potential to win medals at the Olympics. When we watched Sindhu playing at Olympics we realised how talented she is. We would like her to practice here for more games, for which we are ready to provide all the facilities,” said Tyagi.
The 39-acre Greater Noida stadium has an area of around 30,000 square feet housing eight badminton courts. The Gopichand academy there will focus on giving young badminton players the opportunity to train under international coaches.