Badminton’s History Makers: The Push To Podium

Badminton’s History Makers: The Push To Podium

Kadambi Sri Kant’s magnificent cross-court smash sealed the happy moment for the Blue Bulls. This was probably the most important point of Sri Kant’s entire career, winning 23-21.

There was a celebration at Impact Field. The entire team danced for joy and Indian fans bathed in the tricolor on the ring side.

Ever since the semi-finals, HS had been inviting new Indian fans to the field. They heard

“They came and they brought drums, waiting for the moment,” says Indian badminton coach Siyadath, who was part of the historic campaign.

India won the Thomas Cup for the first time by defeating Indonesia 3-0 in the final.

HS Pranay, one of the architects of the victory, says, “To see something like this, to stand on the podium in the Thomas Cup made me laugh. I’m sure half of us on the team never believed that. It will happen. But it did happen. I think when we came here we said to ourselves that we can win a medal, but never thought about winning a gold medal. Still not sure. . “

Pranay had set up a WhatsApp group called ‘It’s Coming Home’ near the Korea Open to bring together 10 boys and discuss their problems. “And it came home. But we had our own problems, we had our ups and downs. The group discussions helped us to live together, to understand each other better,” said Pranay, and then laughed. “I told them that’s why I should create all the WhatsApp groups,” Huay said.

Aggression and calm, height and depth

The WhatsApp group was a way to channel energy, passion. But the boys inside the cauldron remained calm.

Chirag Shetty played Soro Ganguly after winning the doubles match in the final. He tore his T-shirt and threw it into the crowd. The 24-year-old says that was the moment and he “went with the flow, did what came naturally”.

Where the world saw aggression, coach Palla Gopi Chand saw peace.

“It’s amazing to see the energy they bring to the team. What you see is aggression and outward appearances. I really like the peace of mind. From serving the championship point – from losing these games. This is a story of inner peace. I think it’s important. Staying there and saying I will finish the match, like this. Is important. “

“Even the way Lakshya (Sen) kept fighting under 11-7 is commendable. He was there thinking about how to turn it around. Satok and Chirag stayed together to fight for every point. The magic finally happened, so I think you are. Seeing the aggression, I am happy with the fact that he calmed down and wrapped it up – Pranay, Lakshya, Srikath, Stok-Chirag .. Even the boys I didn’t do very well, I didn’t win. That’s what I’m happy about. “

Dipti Bupiya, CEO of GoSports Foundation, said, “Gopi Sir says he saw calm and we saw aggression. I saw a new, fearless India, a set of role models who just do everything. We give Neeraj Gold and we have been experimenting with it ever since. Everybody – whether he follows badminton or not. Whether or not he is talking about it or tweeting about it. Compared to the 1983 (Cricket) World Cup. I think this is a new fearless face of India. These guys are big role models and Each of us has a lot to learn from them. “

Heights could not be reached without hitting these lows.

Pranay returns to a lower position he had experienced during the campaign.

“I remember we had a bad match against Chinese Taipei and Chirag-Sathok was very disappointed. Chirag came in and said we have to meet now, started talking very emotionally, and said we are not like that. Wanted to play. Lots of insights about everyone on this particular day. From there the energy changed, one could see how everyone started playing. Then I started to feel that this team was amazing. As a person, I felt that this team could win. Everyone seemed to believe that this was going to happen. For. Gopisar created individual champions, eventually it all came together on him. The team event and we went to pick up the Thomas Cup. “

Quick results in men’s badminton?

A decade has been planned to get here. But Gopi Chand believes that the team has evolved rapidly.

“It happened so fast. India did not send a team to the CWG in 1994 because we could not make it to the top 6. Australia, Malaysia, Canada, England were strong teams. Winning the Thomas Cup from there is a big task. Got a lot of support, the most important thing is that the players believed in themselves and supported each other, and magic happened in Thailand.

It all started with Saina after 2008. The 2010 Commonwealth Games inspired badminton. Her medal was important in Beijing. – The emergence of Lakshya, Srikanth and Doubles – a combination of things. Pranay and Srikanth have seen ups and downs. They are playing for their personal pride, the pride of their country; as a team they compete with each other. Competing, complementing each other and I think this one is a great thing. They’ve given the team a chance to get around each other, it’s extraordinary. “I will not give up. The team said that we will not allow you to give up either. Big difference. Then the doubles players came saying that we should be counted among them,” said Gopi Chand.

A village is needed to become a champion.

And the transition was made with the help of various stakeholders like government, private funders like GoSports Foundation who worked tirelessly with Gopi Chand and many others in the badminton system.

Dipti talks about working with this group of champions.

“I remember talking to Gopi about 10 years ago when he was a little boy. A lot of work has been done. One of the foundations of our work is to ensure that the athlete is well-supported to reach the next level. From a technical point of view, Gopi Chand Academy provided them all. Ensuring that athletes perform well in their place, nutrition and physio setup, “he said.

“It’s been a long journey – seeing them from the most talented youngsters to adult men who have done a great job winning medals for the country is incredible. The help, but the sympathy of the team was there to see. Let them play like Team India, “he added.

’83 Moment of Indian Badminton?

Gopi Chand does not agree with the comparison with the moment of 1983.

“The last few years have been great for the game – the last 10 years have seen a steady increase in badminton. We’re seeing a different sport. This win takes it to another level – a whole generation of players. Encourages people to believe in themselves, not only in badminton but to achieve anything in life. That’s how I see this group of champions. They have encouraged people to play and beyond. “

What’s next for the champions?

Super coach Gopi Chand is known as a difficult task master and it is quite unusual to hear from him.

“I want to tell them, guys, relax, that’s fine. Finally get back to the process and get things right. This could be this year, next year. If you get things right it will be magic.” The best results are shown. My friends are in Malaysia, Indonesia. The call I got was from Malaysia – they are saying ‘Wow, what’s going on, this is unbelievable.’ They had expectations from themselves and some of us. The core team thought that there was a possibility. I think it should affect the sports ecosystem and convey this message. It could be better in a few years. “

Indians will say “this heart wants more” and coaches like Gopi are aware of this. They are not letting their feet slip off the pedals, nor are the fundraisers. Dipti explains how everyone can contribute and be a part of future glory moments.


“Corporate India has an opportunity to come forward and support and we have to build that bench. While these guys will continue to perform well for 3/4/5 years and beyond, LA (2028 Olympics) It requires the power of the bench. With this victory comes a great opportunity and responsibility to ensure that it continues to come and that is the responsibility of everyone here. “

The ecosystem is poised to deliver even happier moments this year and beyond.

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