Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy on Tuesday clarified that Saina Nehwal's decision to leave Gopichand Academy in Hyderabad and practice under the guidance of Vimal Kumar in Bengaluru before the Rio Olympics was her own and the academy had no role to play. doing . Gopichand has written in a chapter in the upcoming book 'Dreams of a Billion: India and the Olympic Games' Bitter Rivalry that Saina's decision to practice at the Padukone Academy in Bengaluru under Vimal Kumar under the guidance of Vimal Kumar after the 2014 World Championship was quite Grieved. Gopichand also said that he felt bad that Padukone, Vimal and Olympic Gold Quest official Viren Rasquinha encouraged Saina to leave Hyderabad. "
PPBA has no hand in Saina's decision to practice PPBA in Bengaluru," the Padukone Academy said in a statement. Vimal Kumar helped Saina break out of poor form to become the world's number one player. Apart from this, he also won silver medals in the All England Championship and the World Championship. ”The book also wrote that Gopichand also wrote that he was surprised that Padukone never said anything positive about him. The PPBA wrote on this, "PPBA honors Pullela Gopichand's contribution to Indian badminton as a player and coach."
We have appreciated his players' success globally and have always had a good relationship with him. "Gopichand himself practiced under the guidance of Padukone and joined coach Ganguly Prasad after winning All England in 2001. Padukone Academy said, PPBA has been training players for the last 25 years. Many of our players have left the academy at different stages of their careers. We should never be a hindrance to his progress and that will be the policy of the academy. "