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01 Aug, 2018
A very humble, kind and supportive national coach only
second to Pullela Gopichand in his academy will be seen sporting a regular
jersey and a slight smile and you know it’s the Md. Siyadath Ullah. The national
player and extraordinary coach has always been behind the covers while the
stars rose to fame and gaged immense popularity. Siyadath, is indeed the unsung
hero of Indian badminton team, however, his incessant passion, compassion and
empathy for players have touched the cockles of our heart.
Our editor speaks to him in a tete-a-tete conversation
about BWF World championships, fitness of players, chances of winning and much
more in a quick candid chat.
the years, India has bagged seven laurels, however, we could never scoop a
Gold. What are the chances of current Indian Badminton squad to win a gold at
the grand BWF World Championships?
Our current badminton team is pretty strong especially PV
Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth, Saina Nehwal, Satwik and Ashwini Ponnappa who have been
performing exceptionally well in the last few tournaments. Of course, World Championships
is quite a competitive platform for all the best legendary players, it’s not an
easy feat to achieve the gold, however, looking at the player’s past few
performances, our chances are pretty good. I feel Sindhu and Srikanth have the
maximum possibility of owning the title.
And since Saina is also recovering, we can expect some
power-packed performance from her too. Satwik-Ashwini delivering really well on
court may bring some trophy too.
World Championships is taking place at China which is a solid home ground for
the top professional badminton players like Lin Dan, Shi Yuqi, Chen Long etc. What
do you think are the threats or challenges for Indian badminton players in
Home ground is always an advantage for athletes, however,
lately the spike in player’s performance has jacked up and we can totally
expect some great fighter spirit. Sai, Prannoy among others are more confident
and strategically prepared. For every match, the players will switch their
style and strategy at par to the opponent. The only benefit Chinese players will
get is the local support.
do you think of the current fitness status of the Indian badminton players performing
at the BWF World Championships?
There are no such problems or health issues with Indian
badminton players, they are in good shape and shall maintain the same
throughout. Prannoy and Saina who suffered injuries are also recovering and
getting back stronger.
Chong Wei is not a part of the BWF World Championships because of some serious
health issue. Will that be a blessing in disguise for the Indian Men’s Singles?
Yes, of course, we all know that Lee Chong Wei is a true legend,
he’s a 35-year-old athlete and has been delivering amazing performances in the
last couple of tournaments too. While we will be missing his nerve-wrecking
game as a badminton viewer, it will be great for Men’s Singles to avoid the intrusion
of an innate winner.
a message for the Indian badminton team at the BWF World Championships to boost
Play your best champs and
get some good medals for India