Olympic medallist Saina Nehwal and her shuttler husband Parupalli Kashyap are looking to open a badminton academy in Himanchal Pradesh. The power couple paid governor Bandaru Dattatreya a visit to express their desire for the same. Governor Dattatreya shared pictures from the couple’s visit to his residency as he shared about Nehwal and Kashyap’s wish to open a badminton academy in the state.
“Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap calls on. Express desire to open badminton academy in Himachal,” Dattatreya wrote on Twitter.
Coaching is very important
The shuttler couple hogged the spotlight in 2010 as they returned from the Commonwealth Games with a medal each. Nehwal bagged a gold while Kashyap returned with a bronze medal around his neck. Ever since the couple have been scaling new heights on the court bringing countless laurels to the country. London Olympic medalist Nehwal opines that coaching is crucial for young talents to excel on the international level.
“Coaching is very important for playing on an international level, and coaches should also be of the same level so that performance is maintained,” she was quoted by Hindustan Times.
Following their visit to governor Dattatreya’s residence, Nehwal and Kashyap paid a a ‘courtesy call’ Himachal Pradesh CM Jairam Thakur. Thakur took to Twitter to share pictures from the couple’s visit to his official residence in Oakover, Shimla.
“A warm welcome and welcome to Indian badminton player Saina Nehwal on her arrival at Devbhumi Himachal. Today, Nehwal paid a courtesy call at our official residence, Oakover, Shimla. I am sure that you will like the beautiful instruments full of natural beauty here and your visit will be memorable,” Thakur tweeted.
Earlier, Nehwal and Kashyap had pulled out of Denmark Open last month before the tournament was eventually cancelled due to COVID-19. Nehwal will return to the badminton court in January with the Asian tour.