Sania, Sindhu, Srikanth believe India can dominate the sport
The improved badminton facilities have certainly helped the Indian shuttlers to make a mark on the global stage. So much so that, Saina Nehwal feels that India can dominate badminton for years to come, like China and Japan have done in the past, if the players believe in themselves. Sindhu and Srikanth feel the same. But can India achieve dominance? Let us find out.
"Sports is becoming quite popular in our country because of the encouragement from the government. The facilities have improved and we shuttlers need to believe in ourselves. If that happens we can come stronger and rule the sport like China, Japan and Korea," Saina said.
Not only has the infrastructure improved by leaps, but the government is actually keen on investing in the sport. Also, there was never a dearth of talent in India; it was always a question of moulding the players the right way. Now, it appears that Dronacharya award winning coach Pullela Gopichand has found the magic formula to turn talented players into world champions.
India's record in recent times in badminton is enviable. As many as 12 Indians feature in the men's top 100 while in women's top 100, India have six representatives. Sindhu won the silver medal at last year's Olympics and at the BWF World Championships, while Srikanth, Sai Praneeth and others have been consistently winning Superseries and Grand Prix titles.
The timeline is brewing!