India is still far away from China : Pullela Gopichand

Vastavam web:  Chief national coach Pullela Gopichand today made it clear that India is still far away from being a dominant force such as China and said an overhaul of domestic structure and administration will be needed to become a badminton superpower.”I think we are still far away from China. I don’t think it is a fair comparison. We have done well but I would want them to do well in World Championships, Olympics and All England, playing consistently and only then we can say those things,” Gopichand told.”Here, by just our sheer push of energy we have our players going up there but our coaches, support staff, managers they are not of the same level,” said the 2001 All England champion.

Indian shuttlers, specially the men’s brigade led by Kidambi Srikanth, have been in rampaging form as they scooped up four Super Series titles out of six till now.While P V Sindhu clinched the India Open, Praneeth lay claim to his maiden Super Series title at Singapore before Srikanth won back-to-back titles at Indonesia and Australia in the last two weeks.So for 25 years we have same domestic structure, same nationals, same major ranking, same thinking,” he said.”When we were state level we were producing the same quality coaches, today even though we are now world class, we are producing same quality.””Our structure is not sustainable. We have got a lot of support from government and sports authority of India but organizationally we haven’t grown enough to support the system,” he said.