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26 Aug, 2017
If we talk about any movie, it would be
about the title, plot, leading characters and the director. Sometimes, it would
be about music and music directors as well. Who talks about the stylists and
technicians of the movie? The same is happening in badminton. Only the player
and the coach are into the limelight, each time when tournament happens. No one
reckons about the physios or the supporting staff.
Meet Dr. Kiran Challagundla, the physio
behind the fitness of every global player from Pullela Gopichand Badminton
Academy. It is him who kept K. Srikanth fit and perfect on the court to win
three consecutive Super Series titles at Singapore, Indonesia and Australia.
Srikanth was out of the story when he had
an ankle injury, post Rio 2016 Olympics. Dr. Kiran, worked tirelessly to bring
Srikanth back with more energetic and fitness regimen.
“It’s tough to formulate plans for
everyone. But that’s the job I have to do. And when your work brings results,
it’s a delight. All I can say is we focus on making a player play to his full potential
and making them peak during a desired tournament. For that to happen we need enough
time on our hands, which is about 3-4 months,” Kiran told Express.
Kiran has been working at Pullela
Gopichand Badminton Academy for the past eight years with every top player.
Previously, he worked with the now defunct IPL team Deccan Chargers.
On asking about the expected Indian glory
at World Championship 2017 at Glasgow, Kiran said, “This is what we have been
working towards for the past few months. The World Championship cut-off was
April 30, and we knew who the players were going to be. So we should get good
results. Also, some players made the cut much later in July, as some players pulled
out of the championship, so we haven’t got the required amount of hours with
them. But all the players should do good there”
Kiran was carried away by the thought
that people think fitness is something we get through genes; either Indian
player be fitter or weaker.
On this note, Kiran concluded saying,
“Fitness and getting injured is not related to genes. It’s just about how you
manage the workload on your body. Nowadays, fitness for all the countries is
almost at par. Having said that, the number of tournaments they play these
days, it’s not possible to remain injury-free.”