Tokyo Olympics bound doubles pair Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty move base to Gachibowli stadium

Reports suggest that the national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand recently visited the indoor stadium to get a glimpse of PV Sindhu’s training.

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Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty
Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty

Following the footsteps of PV Sindhu and Sai Praneeth doubles pair Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty have shifted their training base to Gachibowli stadium. Previously, Satwik and Chirag were based out of the Gopichand Badminton Academy where they trained under their respective coaches.

The Musashino Forest Sport Plaza, which has a capacity of 7,200, will be hosting the events for badminton at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. The Gachibowli Indoor Stadium in Hyderabad, Telangana has a seating capacity 5,000. So the shuttlers have chose to move the newly built stadium so as to get a feel and acclimatise to a bigger arena as the main event draws closer.

National coach Pullela Gopichand recently visited the Gachibowli stadium: Reports

Pullela Gopichand, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty
Pullela Gopichand

Ace shuttler PV Sindhu was the first of the Tokyo Olympics shuttler to move out of the Gopichand Badminton Academy. She has been practicing in the indoor stadium in Hyderabad with her coach Park Tae-sang ever since. The national chief badminton coach Pullela Gopichand also recently visited the indoor stadium to get a glimpse of PV Sindhu’s training, according to the Sportstar.

Wherever we go out to play any major event we do so in bigger stadiums. If you want to compete against the best players you have to ensure that everything is perfect in training and build up to those events,” PV Sindhu recently said in a virtual press meet organised by the Sports Authority of India. “There are a lot of facilities in Gachibowli where I’m training now. So, when we have a facility of international standard, why not use that.

The doubles duo of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty are guided by the 2012 London Olympics silver medallist, Mathias Boe while Sai Praneeth is training under Agus Dwi Santoso. The Tokyo Olympics are set to kick off on July 23.