I’ll miss training Saina Nehwal but important to support her: Vimal Kumarhttps://indianexpress.com/article/sports/badminton/ill-miss-training-saina-nehwal-but-important-to-support-her-vimal-kumar-4830312/

I’ll miss training Saina Nehwal but important to support her: Vimal Kumar

Vimal Kumar said he would miss working with Saina Nehwal but stressed it was important to support the Indian ace in her pursuit to excel in the remaining years of her international career.

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Saina Nehwal has return to Hyderabad to train with Pullela Gopichand.

Vimal Kumar may not be her coach anymore but Vimal has said that he will miss training a player like Saina Nehwal who had great work ethics, spirit and enthusiasm to train hard. He also said that there is a clear understanding between Pullela Gopichand, Nehwal and him about the player moving to Hyderabad.

“I spoke to Gopi yesterday. Gopi wanted to know whether myself and Saina had detailed discussion on shifting of her training base from Bengaluru to Hyderabad. We had a very clear understanding. The discussion was absolutely fine,” Kumar told PTI . “It was good to have worked with a girl like Saina. Her work ethics, spirit and enthusiasm to train hard – these are Saina’s qualities I would miss.”

Nehwal moved back to Hyderabad from Bangalore, three years after leaving the city. She is back to train under Gopichand after setting aside all the differences of the past.

The London Olympic bronze medallist’s parents live in Hyderabad and Vimal informed that she wanted to be with her father as he was not keeping well for sometime now. He also added that Gopichand was supportive that both coaches need to give everything players like Nehwal and PV Sidhu need.


“Saina and Sindhu are two best girls in the country at this point of time. So, we need to ensure that they are given whatever they want for now, especially Saina, for she has some more years left in her to do well,” he said.

“The inner feelings and emotions of top athletes is different. They are constantly wanting to get better and better. So, we need to understand that and try not putting a break on to their enthusiasm.”

Saying that Nehwal doesn’t need a specific coach or academy, Vimal added that players like her can excel and 90 percent of their success depends on their hardwork.

“Players like Saina can excel where ever they play or under any coach – that could be me or Gopi, for 90 per cent of their success depends on their hard work,” he said. “We, as a coach, can only step in when a player is overdoing certain things.”