With PV Sindhu winning a silver medal for India in the Rio Olympics, her coach Pullela Gopichan is no doubt a happy man. But the most sought after Badminton coach thinks that his job is far from over. Gopichand has expressed his willingness to start a Badminton Academy in Kochi to groom new talents. 

 


In an interview to Manorama News, S Muraleedharan, vice-president of the Badminton Association of India, said the proposed academy of international standards would be set up at Regional Sports Centre at Kadavanthara in Kochi.

 


"Gopichand has conveyed his keen interest to mould at least 100 youngsters and prepare them for Olympics 2024. The facility would be in line with the Gopichand Badminton Academy in Hyderabad.  The first round of talks with Gopichand has already been completed, and a final go-ahead from the state government is awaited," said Muraleedharan.

 


The Gopichand Badminton Academy in Hyderabad is credited with grooming International badminton players such as Saina Nehwal, P. V. Sindhu, Parupalli Kashyap and Srikanth Kidambi