Pullela Gopichand Believes Winning At All Cost Is Not Necessary


On Friday Indian National Badminton Coach Pullela Gopichand on Facebook live session urged the society to relook the concept of winning at all costs and also said that people focus should be on reaching full potential.

“Winning at all cost is not necessary as a society, it should be more about good character than good features and if you are in a position of power it should be about justice to everybody and as a celebrity to be about being a good role model. In money vs relationships, we should be able to choose good relationships and that is what matters,” he said.

Gopichand also said on live session on the Sports Authority of India (SAI) Facebook page, that he reflected his own life as a player and then a coach. He revealed that for him success is not about winning but to reach one’s full potential.

“Coaches should give their 100 per cent and not only think of success in terms of winning a competition but as something their ward sets out to do and then achieves. Each individual is talented and has potential but only one athlete at a time can represent the country at a particular at the Olympics,” he said.

Further, he gave examples of PV Sindhu, Abhinav Bindra and Sania Nehwal and said the reason behind their success, he said one have to become a process-oriented person and not a goal-oriented one in order to achieve success.

“As a society, we need to stop being goal-oriented and rather become process-oriented because that is what will help all of us grow,” Gopichand said.

Later in their conversation, he thanked his parents and coaches for helping him to reach where he is today and specially thanked to badminton veteran Prakash Padukone for being an inspiration to many.


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