I learnt a lot from All England Championship final loss: Saina Nehwal

With her outstanding performances over the years Saina Nehwal has certainly revived badminton in India. The ace shuttler is only the second Indian, after Prakash Padukone, to have achieved the top ranking in the sport.

We stand good chance to win medals at World Championship: P Gopichand
We stand good chance to win medals at World Championship: P Gopichand

Confident about India's preparation for the upcoming World Championship, chief badminton coach Pullela Gopichand said the home shuttlers have the best chance of winning multiple medals at the prestigious tournament next month.

Want Tan Kim Her to maximise qualification for Rio Olympics: Pullela Gopichand
Want Tan Kim Her to maximise qualification for Rio Olympics: Pullela Gopichand

With 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.

I want Kim to maximise qualification for Rio Olympics: Pullela Gopichand
I want Kim to maximise qualification for Rio Olympics: Pullela Gopichand

With BAI roping in top doubles coach Tan Kim Her, India's chief badminton coach Pullela Gopichand today 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.

Sports Ministry set to include Jwala-Ashwini in TOP scheme
Sports Ministry set to include Jwala-Ashwini in TOP scheme

The Sports Ministry is set to include shuttlers Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa in the Target Olympic Podium (TOP) scheme even as it extended support to national coach Pullela Gopichand, who was accused of bias by the top women's doubles pair.

Pullela Gopichand did no wrong, but Sports Ministry could have done much: Vimal Kumar
Pullela Gopichand did no wrong, but Sports Ministry could have done much: Vimal Kumar

Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa might have accused Pullela Gopichand of bias but former coach Vimal Kumar on Thursday said the national chief coach has done no wrong and felt the Sports Ministry could have included the top women's doubles pair in the TOP Scheme.

Jwala Gutta, Ashwini Ponnappa getting all the support, says Pullela Gopichand
Jwala Gutta, Ashwini Ponnappa getting all the support, says Pullela Gopichand

India's chief badminton coach Pullela Gopichand on Wednesday rubbished all the allegations levelled against him by Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa, and insisted that the Indian women's doubles pair are getting all the support from BAI, SAI and the government.

Parupalli Kashyap needs more time to be consistent: Pullela Gopichand
Parupalli Kashyap needs more time to be consistent: Pullela Gopichand

National badminton coach Pullela Gopichand on Sunday said shuttler P Kashyap, who crashed out of the Indonesia Open with a semifinal loss, should be given some more time to become consistent.

Govt didn't reject Jwala Gutta, Ashwini Ponappa for TOPS scheme: Sports Ministry
Govt didn't reject Jwala Gutta, Ashwini Ponappa for TOPS scheme: Sports Ministry

The Sport Ministry today made it clear that it never ignored ace doubles shuttlers Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa for the Target Olympic Podium (TOP) Scheme, saying the Identification Committee had considered their names during the meeting held last month.

Improvement in consistency after Gopichand split is evident, says Saina Nehwal
Improvement in consistency after Gopichand split is evident, says Saina Nehwal

Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal, who won the Indian Open title on Sunday beating former world champion Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon praised her current coach Vimal Kumar for her consistent performances.

K Srikanth is a fighter, says Pullela Gopichand
K Srikanth is a fighter, says Pullela Gopichand

Chief national coach Pullela Gopichand has lavished praise on K Srikanth after his India Open triumph, describing him as a fighter with a great range of strokes but said he still needs to improve "mental aspects" to win more laurels for the country.

Dream come true: Pullela Gopichand on India's rapid rise in world badminton
Dream come true: Pullela Gopichand on India's rapid rise in world badminton

Praising Kidambi Srikanth and Saina Nehwal for their success at the India Open Super Series, chief national coach Pullela Gopichand on Sunday said it was a 'dream come true' before stressing that consistency will be the key for Indian players to bring more laurels in future.

Thought of quitting badminton after last year's worlds: Saina Nehwal
Thought of quitting badminton after last year's worlds: Saina Nehwal

Saina Nehwal, who created history by reaching the pinnacle of world badminton ranking, on Saturday said she had contemplated "quitting badminton" after last year's World Championships.

Saina Nehwal was in tears after losing close matches: Vimal Kumar
Saina Nehwal was in tears after losing close matches: Vimal Kumar

A series of losses against top shuttlers had left Saina Nehwal in tears but the Indian ace showed tremendous drive and hunger to achieve the World No.1 status, former national coach Vimal Kumar said here on Saturday.

Kidambi Srikanth hopes for India Open final against Lin Dan
Kidambi Srikanth hopes for India Open final against Lin Dan

Top Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth is hoping for a men's singles final against two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan at the $275,000 India Open Superseries, which commences here on Tuesday.

India rolls out Target Olympic Podium Scheme, Seema Punia gets offer
India rolls out Target Olympic Podium Scheme, Seema Punia gets offer

The government has rolled out its ambitious TOP (Target Olympic Podium) Scheme, under which 2016 Olympics medal prospects will be funded for their specialised world class training and top-level competition, and offered ace discus thrower Seema Punia a budget of Rs 75 lakhs till the Rio Games next year.

All England Championship final: Saina Nehwal ​vs Carolina Marin - As it happened...
All England Championship final: Saina Nehwal ​vs Carolina Marin - As it happened...

On International Women's Day, Carolina Marin became the first Spanish player to win the Wimbledon of badminton, All England Championship. Heart-break from the Indians as Saina Nehwal failed to live-up to the huge expectations. Marin won in three sets 17-21; 21-15; 21-7. It's her first BWF Superseries title, and many more to come. She is also the reigning World and European champion.

Big challenge awaits Indian shuttlers pre Rio Olympic Games: Pullela Gopichand
Big challenge awaits Indian shuttlers pre Rio Olympic Games: Pullela Gopichand

A very big challenge awaits the Indian shuttlers ahead of next year's Rio Olympic Games in their quest to improve their world rankings before the cut-off date of May, 2016, according to chief national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand on Friday.

Kidambi Srikanth is World No. 4 in BWF ranking
Kidambi Srikanth is World No. 4 in BWF ranking

Young Kidambi Srikanth continued his meteoric rise in world badminton as he ended the season by becoming only the third Indian male shuttler to break into the top-five, reaching a career-high fourth after hovering in the 40s in the beginning of the year.

I have seen everything in the last ten years: MS Dhoni
I have seen everything in the last ten years: MS Dhoni

Young Kidambi Srikanth continued his meteoric rise in world badminton as he ended the season by becoming only the third Indian male shuttler to break into the top-five, reaching a career-high fourth after hovering in the 40s in the beginning of the year.