Shuttler PV Sindhu, India’s silver-medal winner at the Rio Olympics, has ignored Telangana Deputy Chief Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali’s offer for a ‘better coach’, saying her current guru Pullela Gopichand is the ‘best coach’ for her.
“I feel Gopi sir is the best coach. I have been training under him since I was 10. I don’t have to say anything about it (Mahmood Ali’s comment),” Sindhu told ANI.
Her comments came after Ali triggered an outrage on social media with his statement that the 21-year-old player may be provided a ‘better coach’ so that she can fetch gold in the next Olympics at Tokyo.
Gopichand preferred not to read much into the comment as well, saying, “Maybe he said it unknowingly, but I would rather focus on the positive things being said.”
Sindhu received a rousing welcome on her arrival in her home town and was felicitated by the Telangana government for her stellar performance at the Rio Games.
One of the India’s finest shuttlers, Gopichand has produced an array of top-class shuttlers, including 2012 London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth, a quarterfinalist in Rio.
Sindhu came up with a spirited performance to win the first game but went down fighting in the next two to lose the women’s singles gold medal match to Spain’s Carolina Marin 21-19, 12-21, 15-21 to claim the silver medal.
With the feat, Sindhu also became the fifth Indian woman to win an Olympic medal after Karnam Malleswari, Mary Kom, Saina Nehwal and Sakshi Malik.