PV trainer Sindhu, Kim Ji Hyun, rushes to New Zealand due to a medical emergency

HYDERABAD: Korean coach Kim Ji Hyun , to whom the aid is attributed PV Sindhu raised his game, went to New Zealand due to a medical emergency.

Kim was forced to leave in a hurry to attend to her husband, who faces a medical situation that can take a long time to heal.

When TOI contacted Kim on Saturday to ask about her husband's health and ask about her likely return, the coach said: At this moment, I'm not 100 percent sure.

Pullela Gopichand, head coach of the Indian team, expected Kim to join them soon.

He left in a medical emergency. We support her during these difficult times. I hope things will calm down soon and come back to us, Gopi said.

In Kim's absence, Gopichand will accompany the Indian team to the China Open BWF Super 1000 tournament, which will begin in Changzhou on Tuesday.

Kim, the former South Korean international, who was also a Korean team coach until recently, joined as an individual women's coach in March this year. It was assigned to train Sindhu and Saina Nehwal. But since Saina preferred to train with Parupalli Kashyap, Kim is only taking care of Sindhu.

Sindhu is also happy to work with Kim. In his many interactions with the media after his victory at the World Championship over Nozomi Okuhara in Basel last month, Sindhu has made it clear that Kim had played an important role in making changes to his game and that, along with Gopichand, they had worked in several aspects to improve their performance in recent times.

According to sources, Kim is likely to be absent for at least a few more weeks and that would increase Gopichand's workload. The head coach has now created separate training and strength training teams for all the best players and even a slight deviation could affect long-term plans.