Hyderabad, Aug 22 (IANS) She belongs to India, said badminton coach Pullela Gopichand on the ongoing row over Olympic silver medalist P.V. Sindhu’s nativity.

He made the comment at a news conference when Sindhu was asked about the efforts by some people from both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh to claim her as their “girl” following her historic achievement at the Rio Olympics.

“Sports is a great national integration policy as well and I think we should celebrate this,” the coach said.

Sindhu was born in Hyderabad, now a part of Telangana but her parents hail from Andhra Pradesh.

Gopichand said it was fantastic that various states praised Sindhu and supported her for her achievement.

The former All England champion said while many people will have more money than the sportspersons can get by winning medals, it’s only the sportspersons who can make the entire nation happy and proud.

“We are grateful for God’s grace and entire country for their prayers,” he said on Sindhu winning the Olympic silver medal.

The badminton coach stressed the need for encouraging all athletes representing the country in Olympics as for a country like India their qualification itself is an achievement. He believes 130 people going to Olympics was an achievement and the country should celebrate this and encourage them instead of making negative comments.

“We have somewhere lost the plot. Everybody who loses becomes thrown away and everybody who wins becomes super hero,” he said.

“Every athlete gone to Olympics gave his best short. We are not reasonable with our expectations. We hype too much about things without going into details, results which can come. At some events we don’t have chance to win at all. For 50 to 60 years certain countries are winning those events,” he added.

Gopichand observed that things started changing in India with 2010 Commonwealth Games as governments were taking keen interest in sports.

Stating that things are improving, he hoped that India can become sporting nation in few years.

He said the Sports Authority of India (SAI) and the government were hugely supportive as top players benefited tremendously with the exposure they got.

Gopichand also acknowledged Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s support during the Olympics motivated the players.

    The IANS was founded by Indian American publisher Gopal Raju as the India Abroad News Service. It was later renamed the Indo-Asian News Service.

    Related Posts

    Here’s The Daily Sports Round Up From Around The Globe On 22nd October, 2017

    Here is Sportzwiki’s daily news round-up, featuring top sports news from around the world, on 22nd October 2017. Here’s all the news from sporting...
    India Vs New Zealand, Virat Kohli 200th ODI, Wankhede Crowd, Rousing Welcome, Men in Blue

    Watch Valiant Virat Kohli Receives Rousing Welcome at Iconic Wankhede on his 200th ODI...

    India skipper Virat Kohli, who surpassed Australia's former skipper Ricky Ponting for second-most number of hundreds in One-day international hundreds, is a household name...

    India vs New Zealand 2017: Harsha Bhogle Posts Bizarre Message After Virat Kohli Completes...

    Commentary and Harsha Bhogle go hand in hand in the Indian cricketing circle. The expert commentator has wowed the fans with his soothing commentary...

    Refund Procedure for the Abandoned T20I at Hyderabad Between India and Australia Announced

    The third and the final T20I between India and Australia had to be called off due to wet outfield conditions and owing to that...

    Ashes 2017/18: I Probably Regret Some of the Words – David Warner

    Days after creating quite a storm with his 'war' comments ahead of the much-awaited Ashes, Australia vice-captain David Warner, on Sunday (October 22), admitted...