India Under Lockdown: Pullela Gopichand gives online video lessons to shuttlers

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Due to corona virus almost the whole world is going through lockdown to stop the spread of this virus and every activity had come to standstill everything is close and same is happening in India to.

All the courts are closed no sports activity is taking place so the chief national coach of Indian badminton Pullela Gopichand has gone online to give tips to country’s top shuttlers. As India is in complete lockdown for 21 days to control the spread of deadly virus which has infected more than 2000 people in the country.

So due to this and staying away from game can affect the fitness of the players so Gopichand has started a program for shuttlers by using Whatsapp.

Gopichand told to PTI “We can only do fitness because nobody has access to court so we are doing what we can. I am sending the players videos of what to do in our WhatsApp group.” Not only this but many players are taking fitness classes online on zoom app.

“It is a generic program but it is tuned in such a way that it caters to the people (Olympic bound) who are important,” explained the 46-year-old, who is waiting for his three-week isolation to be over on Saturday.

Apart from Gopichand, Jamshedpur-born trainer Dinaz Vervatwala, who has worked with London Olympics bronze-medallist Saina Nehwal, is also taking fitness classes for the Indian shuttlers via Zoom app.

The Olympic bound men’s doubles pair of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankiredd is also part of the group.

“Gopi sir sends us program schedule everyday on whatsapp. It involves mainly meditation, wall practice where I hit the shuttle on the wall, play my strokes and drives, which helps to strengthen the forearm,” Chirag said.

“We are also doing at least an hour of training in the evening with a trainer. Dinaz does a video-call through zoom app and everybody joins in and then we practice together.”

Talking about the programs, Satwik said: “Gopi sir’s program is a combination of a lot of things like wall practice, skipping, small exercises, breathing exercises, it is more like simulating the actions whatever is possible at home to stay sharp.

“Every alternate day, we also have Dinaz taking our fitness classes. She gives us very interesting and different fitness programs, so it is fun. Almost everyone is there, Sikki (Reddy), Ashwini (Ponnappa), Sai (B Sai Praneeth), Guru (RMV Gurusaidutt), Kashyap (Parupalli) and (HS) Prannoy,” Satwik said.

Gopichand said that players will get six week minimum to prepare for tournament once corona outbreak is contained. As Wimbledon is also cancelled this year, so badminton will possibly resume in late July or August. But at the moment health is important rather than sports.

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