The man behind Indian badminton Pullela Gopichand said that this is infrequent but Indian shuttlers will be top contenders in every category at the upcoming Asian Games.
“We hope that we come back with medals and we have moments to celebrate. We go in with a chance in every event and very rarely this happened with the Indian team. We hope that we do well at the Games although this been a tough year for us,” India’s chief coach Pullela Gopichand told reporters at the official send-off ceremony organized by BWF.
Gopichand further stated that the players are in good shape and hopefully they will have some impressive show at the Asiad.
All the best to entire team- Gopichand
“We had got some very good results at the World Championships as well. Overall, the entire team is looking good from doubles to singles and hopefully we will have a good shot at all of these medals. I would like to wish the entire team all the best,” Gopichand said.
“We have the right firepower and the shuttlers are ready to shoulder the nation’s hopes. The players have worked hard and their preparations looks positive of a confident show at the Asian Games,’ he added.
I wish the team all the best- Saina Nehwal
A confident Saina said that the team will repeat the heroics of the Commonwealth Games where they won gold in mixed team events.
“All of us have prepared really hard. Last time (previous Asian Games), it was special for Indian women’s team as we won bronze and I hope this time we can try our level best to even better it. I wish the full team all the best,” Saina said.
We will give our best- PV Sindhu said
“We all are prepared well and are in full form and I think we will definitely give up our best,” said Sindhu who recently finished as the runner-up in the world championships.
The 20-member Indian badminton squad was given a pleasant send-off by the official licensee holder of Premier Badminton league- SportzLive under the backing of Badminton Association of India (BAI). One name missing from the event was of ace shuttler Kidambi Srikanth.