Gopichand to set up Badminton academy in Bhubaneshwar

Bhubaneshwar, Dec 10 (UNI) National badminton chief coach Pullela Gopichand on Thursday said his badminton academy ‘Pullela Gopichand Academy,’ will set up a new academy at Bhubaneshwar in Orissa.

The academy is also planning to set up Sports Science Centre, an R&D facility at its campus in Gachibowli in the city, Gopichand said while participating virtually in a panel discussion on ‘Building High-Performance Leadership’ along with the other panel member Raj Yarlagadda at the ongoing TiE Global Summit here. Right now I am working on this and will come very soon, he said.
We have tied with schools in Hyderabad and Bangalore, Gopichand shared.
He said that the pandemic disrupted short careers of many sports personnel, but fortunately, they are good at handling setbacks.

It is depressing, but fortunately for sports personnel defeats, setbacks, failures are part and parcel of their life. This has come to their forte now, he said in the panel discussion moderated by Dr. Madanmohan Rao. In my case, though I may sound strange, it is a fact that this is the best time for me. I have been travelling for 30 years. This has given me time to catch up with myself to focus on me, work on all those that were demanding time, the former Indian badminton player said.
When the world resumes to normalcy, I can go to face it with renewed physical and mental strength, Gopichand said.
It allowed me to connect with kids which I always looked for. Thanks to virtual platforms I was able to connect with many, he shared
Replying to a question on failures ,the 46-year-old Gopichand said going from one failure to the other with the same amount of enthusiasm, zeal, and determination is a success. So failure is very important. And it has many values to teach. I am what I am today because of my injuries and failures.

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