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Saina Nehwal to move back to Pullela Gopichand academy

Saina had in 2014 wanted more attention from Gopichand, who at the time had had to divide his time between her and the upcoming PV Sindhu. (Image Source: Flickr) Photograph: (Others)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Sep 04, 2017, 11.48 AM (IST)

Saina Nehwal is returning to the Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy in Hyderabad.

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She announced her plans on Twitter.

“For a while, I’ve been thinking about moving my training base back to the Gopichand Academy and I had a discussion about this with Gopi sir," she wrote.

"... and I am really thankful to him for agreeing to help me again. At this stage in my career, I think he can help me achieve my goals,” she added.  

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She also thanked Vimal Kumar, her coach for the last three years.

“I’m also very thankful to Vimal sir for helping me for the last three years. He helped (me) reach world no.1 in the rankings," she said.

"And also helped me win two world championships medal silver in 2015 and bronze in 2017 along with many super series titles. I m very happy to b back home and train in Hyderabad, keep supporting friends,” she added

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At the Gopichand academy, Saina will be working with the SAI-appointed Indonesian coach Mulyo Handoyo. 

Saina had left Gopichand in 2014 in less-than-happy circumstances.

She had wanted more attention from Gopichand, who at the time had had to divide his time between her and the upcoming PV Sindhu. 

 

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