Saina plans to rope in psychologist before Rio Olympics

Sudeep Sarkar / 21 December 2015

Following an advice, given by legendary badminton player Prakash Padukone through the media, Saina Nehwal and her coach Vimal Kumar is planning to rope in a skilled and experienced sports psychologist before Rio Olympics. Recently, in an interview in Mumbai, Padukone said, “In a bid to ensure medal in the Rio Olympics, Saina must thinking of roping in a sports psychologist from now.”

Currently ranked two in the World, Saina revealed through an e-mail interview on Sunday saying, ‘We (me and Vimal) must implement the advice of Prakash sir before Rio.’ The ace Indian badminton player is currently undergoing rehab programme under the observation of her fitness team, two physios, Dr. Kiran and Siddharth along with fitness trainer Deckline in Hyderabad. 25-year old shuttler also has informed, she had to undergo a city scan of her injury in the right ankle which has been her key obstruction to consistent performance since November in spite of the fact that Saina defeated Carolina Marin with a tremendous show in the World Series Finals in Dubai in the early of this month. And according to Saina, she is relieved that the city scan has shown that the injury is not serious and the doctors have asked her to take rest and do rehab programme.

The runners up in the All England championship this season, speaking on the appointment of sports psychologist also said, “Before Rio, I have five very important tournaments like All India Gold Cup, All England, Australia Open, Indonesia Open and Malaysia Open. Those tournaments will be the actual preparation for Olympics. And during that period, after a discussion with my coach Vimal Kumar, I will try to rope in an experienced sports psychologist.”

Saina’s coach Vimal Kumar also, speaking on the issue from Bangalore on Sunday said, “Despite the fact that Saina is mentally extremely strong, psychologists are required nowadays in the highest level of any game, especially before any big tournament like Olympics where the psychologists help the participants to overcome mental pressure and deliver their best.”

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