PV Sindhu will begin the Tokyo Olympics as one of the top favorites. Gopichand believes Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty will be key medal prospects. The chief coach also spoke about the importance of mental health for athletes.
- Pullela Gopichand believes PV Sindhu will begin her Tokyo Olympics as one of the top favorites.
- He believes Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty will also be key medal prospects for the Indian badminton team in Tokyo.
- A former player admitted that it is hard for a player to handle the mental aspect and mentioned the importance of the Dhyana app.
- Pullela supports the meditation tracking app.
Pullela Gopichand, the chief coach of India’s national badminton team, believes PV Sindhu will enter the Tokyo Olympics as one of the favorites. Sindhu is ranked No. 7 in the BWF rankings and is in excellent shape. The slender shuttler won a Silver Medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, and she will face high expectations in the future Games.
Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, according to Gopichand, will be important medal contenders for the Indian badminton squad at the Tokyo Olympics in the doubles category. Gopichand, who is well-known for his coaching abilities, also discussed the need of mental stability for athletes, particularly during the bio bubble, when they don’t have the same freedom as they did before Covid.
“I believe we will have India’s highest total medal tally to date this time around. We’re hoping to break double digits and beat our greatest result (six medals) at the London Olympics. The government has provided a great deal of support and assistance. Shooting, wrestling, and weightlifting are all possibilities (Mirabai Chanu). I’m hoping Sindhu can pull it off; she’ll undoubtedly be one of the favorites. Furthermore, despite having a difficult draw, I believe Satwik and Chirag are medal contenders. When asked about India’s chances at the Olympics, Gopichand said in a news conference organized by Dhayana App and Heartfulness, “There are a lot of athletes who have showed promise to deliver a medal this time around.”
Gopichand also discussed the importance of mental health for athletes in light of the pressures and expectations they face. The former footballer acknowledged that managing one’s mental state is difficult and emphasized the usefulness of the Dhyana app.
Pullela Gopichand’s meditation tracking app Dhyana is teaming up with Heartfulness Institute to provide our Olympians with holistic mental and emotional wellbeing tools.
Gopichand, who is the Director of Dhyana and the Indian Badminton Team’s primary coach, said: “Being where the guys are right now isn’t simple. As if the pressures of competing at the greatest level of sport weren’t enough, the changing limits enforced in the Olympic Village due to the epidemic are bound to have an impact on morale. We are optimistic that the contingent will be able to better focus on developing their general mental health in these tough times with the support of Dhyana’s customised guided sessions and data-driven meditation.”