Gopichand to continue as national coach, confirms BAI secretary

P. Gopichand will continue as the Chief National Coach, Badminton Association of India (BAI) secretary Anup Narang confirmed on Sunday.

Badminton Association of India (BAI) secretary Anup Narang in Bengaluru on Sunday.   -  Ashwin Achal

P. Gopichand will continue as the Chief National Coach, Badminton Association of India (BAI) secretary Anup Narang confirmed on Sunday. The decision was conveyed at the end of a BAI Executive Committee meeting held here. Gopichand was present at the meeting.

“Gopichand will continue as the Chief National Coach,” Narang said.

Gopichand also runs a successful private badminton academy. Asked if this poses a conflict of interest problem, Narang replied, “This point will always be raised, and each person has a different view on the subject. As per our constitution, there is no conflict of interest issue here. Gopichand has been a very successful coach, and he has been instrumental in India winning many medals in the recent years.”

Narang added, “We need to pick a selection committee, and appoint more senior and junior coaches. All this will be done in consultation with Gopichand.”

The association held lengthy talks on how to modify its constitution in order to adhere to the National Sports Code. “The National Sports Code, coupled with Lodha Commitee recommendations, has to be implemented. We are working towards this,” Narang said.

All suggestions made at the meeting here remain in the draft stage, and the association will meet once again at the end of July to finalise all details.

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