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Indian shuttlers should target big wins: Gopichand

Indian shuttlers should look for consistency and target bigger tournaments such as All England and World Championship, said chief national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand here on Tuesday.

Indian shuttlers should target big wins: Gopichand
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K Srikanth and S Praneeth at the Singapore Open (Insert: P Gopichand)

Hyderabad

Gopichand expressed satisfaction over the recent performances of Indian shuttlers, including P V Sindhu and B Sai Praneeth, but said its time to step up to the next level as a lot still needs to be achieved. “Well I think there is definitely a lot of satisfaction. But, having said that the potential which the players have, I think there is lot more which they can achieve,” Gopichand said. 

“We are in great position and all of them are very young and have got more years of badminton left in them. It augurs very well for Indian Badminton and not many countries in the world can actually boast of the kind of players we have.”

Gopichand was speaking at an event where Newly-crowned Singapore Open champion Praneeth and Sindhu, who recently won the India Open Super Series, were felicitated. “We have won many medals or events first time ever in our history and I hope that we can better all of those things. Whether it is the Olympic medal colour or whether consistency in terms of Super Series (tournaments) or events like the World Championships and the All England which are the prized possessions,” said the 2001 All England champion.

“I think, the next level would be to ensure that we win those big tournaments like Sudirman Cup and Thomas Uber cup, and we win medals at the Asian and Commonwealth Games and the Olympics. It is good that we are in a position where we think that these are achievable,” Gopichand added. 

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