Set­back for Sindhu as coach Kim quits

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Sport - Manne.Rat­nakar

Hyderabad: In­dia’s women's sin­gles badminton coach Kim Ji Hyun has re­signed on per­sonal grounds. The South Korean coach, who worked with PV Sindhu for the last four months and had played a piv­otal role in the world No.5 In­dian be­com­ing a world cham­pion, was forced to rush to New Zealand af­ter her hus­band suf­fered a stroke a few weeks back.

Ac­cord­ing to sources, Kim's fam­ily re­quires her pres­ence in New Zealand to tend to her hus­band, who needs at least six months of care and pos­si­bly a surgery, to get bet­ter.

When TOI con­tacted Kim last week, the Korean had said she was not 100% sure of com­ing back. With Mon­day’s developmen­t, it is clear that she will not re­turn.

Kim gelled well with Pul­lela Gopic­hand and rest of the sup­port staff to help Sindhu be­come the first In­dian to win the World cham­pi­onships gold.

Kim’s res­ig­na­tion in­creases the work­load of Gopic­hand. The chief coach had time to fo­cus on other im­por­tant as­pects af­ter Kim joined the coach­ing set-up.

Now with Olympics just 11 months away, Badminton As­so­ci­a­tion of In­dia (BAI) has a tough task of find­ing an­other coach who will fill the void left by Kim. Mu­lyo Han­doyo was the last coach to re­sign abruptly in 2017 af­ter hav­ing helped the men's sin­gles shut­tlers ex­cel on the world stage.

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