Gopichand wants new doubles coach to maximise Rio berths

New Delhi: With the Badminton Association of India (BAI) roping in top doubles coach Tan Kim Her, India's chief badminton coach Pullela Gopichand on Saturday said the Malaysian will bring in a lot of experience and knowledge and he wants him to ensure maximum qualification for the Olympics Games next year.

Pullela Gopichand
Pullela Gopichand 

The BAI has finalised the services of Tan Kim Her of Malaysia and he will be joining the Indian team by the end of September.

Gopichand told PTI: "I want Kim to work on two levels. Firstly to ensure that we have maximum qualification for the Rio Olympics.

Generally, in the Olympic year our players need to play so many tournaments, so it is sometimes difficult to get a longer pocket to train.

"So the idea is to sharpen the skills of these players whether it is Jwala-Ashwini, Sikki-Pradnya, Manu-Sumeeth, Akshay-Pranaav and try and get as many qualification as possible because it is still early part of the qualification and it is still a long way to go.

"Also look at the young juniors and see how can we shape them up. He comes with a lot of experience with his stints at Korea, Malaysia."

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