Setback for Sindhu as coach Kim quits
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.