Coaches Mulyo and Tan Kim Her will return to India by year-end
Coach Siyadatullah, who has been on the court and spent countless hours training with top commuters during their teens and early years in Hyderabad, will be on hand for the India peloton. in the Men’s Singles at the Badminton World Championships in Huelva, Spain.
But the 2022 season is set to start with another familiar character. Indonesian Mulyo Handoyo, who was a stern builder in delivering high-level fitness levels that translated into top-tier victories, is expected to join India by the end of December.
“We’re still working on things. But a clearer picture should emerge in the next 10 days, and hopefully by the end of the month we should have the coaches in place here, ”confirmed national manager Pullela Gopichand.
Malaysian doubles coach Tan Kim Her, who had worked with Indian suits before their breakthroughs on the Tour and at the CWG and Asian Games in 2018, will also return to work in India. Leading the careers of Tour winners Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty in their transition years, he will have to lead the burgeoning group of young doubles specialists from the junior ranks.
Following the departure of singles coach Agus Dwi Santoso in November, a month before his contract ended, the Badminton Association of India published an advertisement for coaching positions on November 18. Big names, including former overseas coaches, subsequently applied.
“As a national association, we have the best interests of the players as well as the sport at heart, and our goal is to bring in coaches who are not only acclaimed, but who also understand our players. Currently, we are in consultation with the ISC to finalize the modalities, ”BAI Secretary Ajay Singhania said before signing the crucial appointments.
The return of the two successful foreign coaches will also be a rounding off of unfinished business from previous stays.
The short-term wing at the World Cup
The Indians will have singles coach Siyadatullah and doubles coach Arun Vishnu guiding them to the World Championships in Huelva.
PV Sindhu will be guided by her regular Korean coach, Park Tae Sang, who is also expected to help the 4 men’s singles players, after Agus’ unexpected departure in the short term. While Korean coach Kim ji-Hyun was with Gopichand when Sindhu won the World Championship in 2019, Park was in charge of training the men’s singles players at the time and, as such, knows their demands.
The visas not arriving in time for the Indonesian doubles coach Dwi Kristiawan, the workload of the 4 men’s singles players, Sindhu and the 3 men’s doubles duos as well as Ashwini Ponappa – Sikki Reddy will have to be shared by Siyadatullah, Arun Vishnu and the coach Park.
Sai Praneeth, HS Prannoy and Lakshya Sen left for Huelva on Thursday, while Kidambi Srikanth awaits his visa to pass. PV Sindhu came straight from Bali where she competed in the World Tour Finals last Sunday.
National coach P Gopichand, who did not travel to the Olympics after the players preferred their regular foreign coaches, will also not be traveling for the Worlds, in the absence of a clearly defined role.
While India won a bronze medal from Tokyo thanks to PV Sindhu, the 2020 Games were a nightmare for B Sai Praneeth. While coach Agus traveled to Japan and was accredited until the start of the Games, he couldn’t be in his role on the pitch when the games started.
With restrictions on the number of accredited support staff, coaches Park (Sindhu) and Matthias Boe (Chirag-Satwik) were preferred for on-field accreditations. Regular coach Sai Praneeth suffered terrible defeats, his misery made worse by having to have his feet stamped in a makeshift stall outside the stadium because he lacked an accredited and dedicated physio. That is.
Agus’ exit a few weeks before the World Championships left the men’s singles adrift again, although Sai Praneeth and HS Prannoy had had good training sessions under Gopichand and Siyadatullah. Lakshya Sen, whose father-trainer DK Sen travels with him, and Kidambi Srikanth, were in Indonesia to play in the World Tour finals until last weekend. The doubles pairs trained under Dwi Kristiawan after Boe’s contract ended after Tokyo.
The world championships have hit the Indians and there won’t be enough time for the new coaches to travel to Spain.
Mulyo, Tan’s first pass
Mulyo Handoyo, former and famous trainer of Indonesian legend Taufik Hidayat, was with the Indians from 2017, a post-Olympic year in which Sai Praneeth won his first Super Series title, HS Prannoy scalped the biggest names and Kidambi Srikanth added two more titles, Opening from Indonesia and Australia to China and India.
While Siyadatullah had been on the pitch in China for Srikanth and Sai Praneeth won bronze at the 2019 World Championships with Gopichand at the helm, Mulyo was credited with having a physical training program in place, more close to Indonesian systems. Thousands of jumps and miles traveled are non-negotiable under the demanding Indonesian, who was with Singaporeans until recently and had caught Indian attention earlier.
Handoyo is expected to boost game-specific fitness levels that have seen Indian men barely make the finals on the circuit and struggle to finish matches – a clear indicator of poor physical condition.
Srikanth’s purple patch in 2017 saw him jump on those finishing opportunities when Olympic medalists tend to hibernate, against the biggest names, based on that fitness foundation. Handoyo’s technical acumen is recognized and an improvement in Tour results is expected with him on the court and while traveling.
In a crucial year, with Asiad and CWG, and with age, Sai Praneeth, Srikanth and Prannoy as well as Saina Nehwal can benefit from Handoyo’s expertise to extend their careers. Although Coach Park is “assigned the task of coaching girls’ singles players at national camps and at international events,” according to the SAI’s mandate, Handoyo’s arrival can be beneficial for everyone.
Details of working hours, compensation packages and precise coaches mandates that will be worked out by the incoming coaches, BAI, SAI and the main coach in the coming days.
Malaysian Tan Kim Her was the players’ favorite and is expected to pick up the thread after a stint with Japan. He shares good relationships with all the big names,
and is respected for his tactical sense.