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Gopi could bring in Japan’s multiple-team system in India

Gopi Chand   | Photo Credit: K.V.S. GIRI

The Indians may be worried about the threat posed by the Japanese, who now appear to have taken over from the Chinese, but Chief Coach P. Gopi Chand felt India could pick up some very crucial lessons from them.

Like Gopi, who has transformed Indian badminton into a country that is now winning Olympic and World medals, South Korean Park Joo-bong, a former Olympic doubles champion who is Japan’s head coach, has transformed the sport there.

“The whole system in Japan revolves around Park,” Gopi told The Hindu here on Saturday. “His men’s singles players are great, mixed doubles teams are great…they have an entire first string, second string. There is a lot of co-ordinated effort and they have the brains of somebody like Park.”

The multiple teams system is something that Gopi could now be seriously considering to implement in India.

“I think they have multiple teams. They have a 50-member ‘A’ squad, a 50-member ‘B’ squad all travelling to different tournaments, 30 or 40 players travelling at a time,” said Gopi.

“They have physios, masseurs and other officials not only attached to the top team but also with their A, B and C teams. We can surely do something like that. Ours is a big country and I think, looking at the future, we should start putting up such a system in place.”

Gopi felt the India’s chances in badminton’s team events, which begin on Sunday, were tough.

“It’s a tough draw. Every match looks tough, there is the World’s one or two here and there. But we will be trying hard,” he said.

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