New Delhi, April 3
With the courts out of sure because of the lockdown to include the Covid-19 pandemic, Indian badminton has gone online — chief nationwide coach Pullela Gopichand is handing out tips via videos to the nation’s prime shuttlers.
Staying away from the sport can affect the fitness of the gamers, so Gopichand has started setting up a program for the shuttlers on Whatsapp. “We can only do fitness (training) because nobody has access to courts so we are doing what we can. I am sending the players videos of what to do in our Whatsapp group,” Gopichand stated.
It is a generic program however it’s tuned in such a method that it caters to the individuals (Olympic sure) who are essential,” defined the 46-year-previous, who is ready for the three-week isolation interval to be over on Saturday.
Jamshedpur-born coach Dinaz Vervatwala, who has worked with London Olympics bronze-medallist Saina Nehwal, can also be providing fitness courses to the Indian shuttlers utilizing an software for video communication.
The males’s doubles pair of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, who have been assured of a place in the Olympics, can also be a part of the group which is following the tips. “Gopi sir sends us program schedule everyday on Whatsapp. It involves mainly meditation, wall practice where I hit the shuttle on the wall, play my strokes and drives, which helps to strengthen the forearm,” Shetty stated. “We are also doing at least an hour of training in the evening with a trainer. Dinaz does a video-call through zoom app and everybody joins in and then we practise together.”
Talking concerning the packages, Rankireddy stated: “Gopi sir’s program is a combination of a lot of things like wall practice, skipping, small exercises, breathing exercises, it is more like simulating the actions whatever is possible at home to stay sharp. Every alternate day, we also have Dinaz taking our fitness classes. She gives us very interesting and different fitness programs, so it is fun.”
“Almost everyone is there… Sikki (Reddy), Ashwini (Ponnappa), Sai (B Sai Praneeth), Guru (RMV Gurusaidutt), Kashyap (Parupalli) and (HS) Prannoy,” he added. — PTI