Former Indian players can double as coaches to handle shortage of foreign coaches: PV Sindhu

NEW DELHI: World Shuttler Champion PV Sindhu believes foreign coaches would be difficult to hire in a publication COVID-19 world, presenting former Indian internationals with the opportunity to step forward and fill the void.

If the global pandemic continues, bringing coaches from abroad could be difficult. There are many good players in our country who have played internationally, and we can use them as coaches, Sindhu said Monday as he spoke during a webinar.

The Olympic silver medalist was addressing the new deputy directors of the Sports Authority of India through an online session.

Sindhu emphasized the importance of parents, coaches, administrators working as a team to form a champion.

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Administrators must know the journey of each athlete. The future of India sports lies in the hands of young sports administrators like all of you," she said.

You must visit all UPS regional centers and be aware of the players' performances and be in contact with their parents. Parental involvement is high and you need to receive feedback from them. This feedback needs to be monitored.

The 24-year-old from Hyderabad also said that players must be continuously tracked to avoid age fraud.

"You must also understand how the UPS coaching system works and if athletes are receiving the right diet and supplements at the various centres," she added.

Sindhu also emphasized the need to recognize the contributions made by parents in the success of athletes.

Before the Rio Olympics, we moved to the academy. My mother quit her job to take care of me. My father took two years off his job, he said.

The challenge was to recover from the injury I suffered in 2015. I used to sit and play at the academy. I had to play 23 tournaments in one year to qualify for the Olympics.

My father who said goodbye to his service really helped me. He used to take me to the railroad field.

Sindhu complimented the government for schemes such as Khelo India for propping up various sports from the grassroot level and urged other organisations to do the same.

He also urged budding players not to ignore their studies for a career in badminton .

While you don't need to go to school every day, you shouldn't skip it entirely, he said.