Aggression not the major ingredient for success, says Gopi Chand

Chief National badminton coach P. Gopi Chand said on Tuesday that Rio Olympics silver medallist P.V. Sindhu’s ‘new-found’ aggression could not be considered a strategic shift in Indian badminton. It must be seen in context.

WHOLEHEARTED SUPPORT: P. Gopi Chand, P.V. Sindhu's coach, asks the parents of young players to show as much commitment as shown by the silver medallist's parents.

Speaking to mediapersons on the sidelines of a felicitation function organised by the Andhra Pradesh State Government here, he said the powerful play unleashed by the Indian in the semifinal (Nozomi Okuhara) and final (Carolina Marin) was the execution of a gameplan tailored to the occasion.

“It (the aggression) was required at that time. The gameplan changes according to players, their rivals and the conditions. I do not think aggression alone will become the major ingredient for success in the future”.

Asked about the expected increase in the game’s popularity after the medal, he said that it was important parents show the sort of commitment Sindhu’s had shown. “It is a fact that parents play a decisive role in the growth of a sportsperson,” he said.

He recollected the felicitation function organised by the AP Government for weightlifter Karnam Malleswari at Hyderabad after her bronze-medal winning effort at the Sydney Olympics. “I was just a spectator watching the extravagant function in awe. In fact that felicitation made me go the extra mile to win the All England championship and made me into what I am today.”