Exemplary coach

The editorial, “The real champion at Glasgow” (August 29), is a perceptive one. The way coach Pullela Gopichand transforms budding badminton players into medal winners at international competitions is nonpareil. He possesses several attributes of an ideal coach.

Gopichand is competent — he is the second Indian player to win the All England tournament. His commitment to the game is total — he is said to have mortgaged his house to set up his academy and his day begins at 4 am. He himself trains and toils as hard as his players. He is a hard taskmaster, but not a slave driver.

His behaviour with his pupils is exemplary. As Bruce Lee said, “Knowledge gives you power, but character gives you respect.” Gopichand has achieved both.

Y G Chouksey, Pune
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