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HYDERABAD: After a 150-day hiatus, the famed Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy will elevate its shutters because the Telangana authorities has determined to open stadia and playgrounds from August 5.
Welcoming the event, chief coach of the Indian badminton workforce Pullela Gopichand stated that he’ll first begin with the Olympic probables. “It is a good transfer by the state authorities to state sports activities actions. Though it is a concern that circumstances are rising we now have to be cautious and begin off slowly,” Gopichand instructed TOI.
Within the first section solely the eight Olympic probables – PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth, Sai Praneeth, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, Chirag Shetty, Ashwini Ponnappa and Sikki Reddy – will begin follow. Gopichand stated that the Sports activities Authority of India (SAI) instructed them to start out with these eight gamers.
“As per the SAI tips we now have to start out solely with these eight Olympic probables. Possibly a short time later we’ll take into consideration increasing the coaching,” Gopichand stated.
Among the many eight, Sindhu, Sai and the boys’s doubles pair of Satwik and Chirag have roughly certified for the Olympics. Whereas Saina Nehwal has a good likelihood of creating the minimize, Srikanth, Ashwini-Sikki have an outdoor likelihood.
Coaching stopped on the Academy earlier than the All England Championships in March. Quickly after the All England, Badminton World Federation (BWF) suspended the calendar from March 15. Although the world federation is making efforts to renew the season, it appears unlikely this 12 months as a number of prime occasions are getting cancelled and China making it clear that it could not host any tournaments this 12 months.
In the meantime, Telangana sports activities minister V Srinivas Goud on Saturday met a number of prime sportspersons from the state like Sania Mirza, Mohammad Azharuddin, Sikki Reddy, Sai Praneeth and Sumeeth Reddy. After the assembly, the minister introduced the reopening of stadia and grounds. The minister suggested the participant to take all mandatory precautions. The federal government determined to not permit any tournaments for now.