Saina begins training but will join camp at SAI centre after couple of weeks


London Olympics bronze-medallist Saina Nehwal has resumed training at a separate facility in Hyderabad after the coronavirus-induced spoil and is more likely to join the nationwide camp at the SAI Pullela Gopichand Academy in a couple of weeks.

Saina is one of the 8 Olympic hopefuls who’ve been allowed via the Sports Authority of India (SAI) to renew training at the SAI Pullela Gopichand Academy from August 7 following the Telangana govt’s approval on August 1.

However, the previous global No.1 has, in the meanwhile, determined to coach with shuttler husband Parupalli Kashyap and 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist RMV Gurusaidutt at a special centre close to the Gopichand academy.

“We have been training at a centre near the Gopichand academy for a week now. It is a small facility. We started with the basics as it was after a long time that we were hitting the court,” Kashyap, a former Commonwealth Games champion, instructed PTI.

“Saina has just joined. She will probably start training at the Gopichand academy in a couple of weeks. She wants to get fitter and reach a decent level. She has sought the permission of Gopi sir and discussed it with new Indonesian coach Agus Dwi Santoso,” he added.

Kashyap, who’s lately ranked 24th on the planet, believes the Gopichand academy is provided with sufficient courts to house a couple of extra gamers, who can get started training via following social distancing and different laws laid down via SAI.

“Out of eight players, Chirag, Satwik and Ashwini are not in Hyderabad right now so basically only 4-5 players are training. There are nine courts and players generally train for an hour or two, so I think few more players can be allowed to train there,” mentioned the London Olympics quarterfinalist.

“Since badminton is not a contact sport so it can be done. In Bangalore, everyone is training and you need good sparring partners. How long can just eight players train?”.

Former global no.6 Kashyap and doubles specialist B Sumeeth Reddy also are founded in Hyderabad.

World champion P V Sindhu, at the side of B Sai Praneeth and N Sikki Reddy, resumed training on Friday below strict protection protocols at the Gopichand Academy in Hyderabad, finishing a four-month-long coronavirus-forced hiatus.

Among the opposite Olympic hopefuls, the boys’s doubles pair of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, who’re lately in Mumbai and Amalapuram (Andhra Pradesh) respectively, are cautious of the Covid-19 risk and will look forward to some other couple of weeks sooner than settling on becoming a member of the camp.

Women’s doubles participant Ashwini Ponnappa, who companions Sikki within the world circuit, is more likely to join if there may be sufficient readability at the world calender.

The Bangalore-based shuttler is lately training at the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy.

Former World no.1 Kidambi Srikanth, who’s founded in Guntur, will be resuming training this week.



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