India ace shuttler PV Sindhu believes foreign coaches would be difficult to hire in a post-COVID-19 world, presenting former India internationals the opportunity to step forward and fill in the void. All sporting activities around the world has been put on hold due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Sindhu feels the situation provides a good opportunity for former players in the country to double up as coaches. Also Read - Leander Paes Aims For Eighth Olympics, Targets Record 100 Grand Slam Appearances
“If the global pandemic continues, bringing coaches from abroad might become difficult, there are a lot of good players in our country who have played at the international level, and we can use them in a coaching capacity,” Sindhu said on Tuesday while speaking during a webinar. Also Read - BAI Recommends Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, Chirag Shetty And Sameer Verma For Arjuna Awards
The Olympic silver-medallist was addressing the newly-appointed Assistant Directors of the Sports Authority of India through an online session. Sindhu stressed on the importance of parents, coaches, administrators working as a team to build up a champion. Also Read - Javelin Ace Neeraj Chopra Recommended For Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna by AFI, PT Usha Nominated for Dronacharya
“The administrators must know the journey of every sportsperson. The future of Indian sports lies in the hands of young sports administrators like all of you,” she said.
“You must visit all the SAI regional centres and be aware of the performances from the players and be in touch with their parents. The parent’s involvement is a lot and you need to take feedback from them. This feedback needs to be monitored.”
The 24-year-old from Hyderabad also said ‘players must be continuously tracked to avoid age fraud’. “You must also understand how the SAI coaching system works and if athletes are receiving the right diet and supplements at the various centres,” she added.
Sindhu also acknowledged the contribution made by parents in the success of athletes.
“Before the Rio Olympics we shifted to the academy. My mother gave up her job to care for me. My father took two years leave from his job,” she said.
“The challenge was recovering from the injury I suffered in 2015. I used to sit and play in the academy. I had to play 23 tournaments in a year to even qualify for the Olympics.
“My father taking leave from his service really helped me. He used to take me to the Railways ground.”
Sindhu complimented the government for schemes such as Khelo India for propping up various sports from the grassroot level and urged other organizations to do the same.