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Insult to Gopichand? Telangana minister offers better coach for Sindhu

PTI8_19_2016_000310b P.V. Sindhu with coach Pullela Gopichand after she lost against Spain's Carolina Marin in women's Singles final | PTI

As the entire country celebrates the spectacular performance of P.V. Sindhu at Rio Olympics, a minister in her home state believes that the ace shuttler missed the gold because she didn't have a better coach.

Telangana's Deputy Chief Minister Mahmood Ali has offered to gift Sindhu "a better coach" so that she can win a gold at Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

"Sindhu is our daughter and she has made us proud. We will now provide her with an additional coach. Her current coach Gopi (Pullela Gopichand) is good. But we want her to win Gold medals in the upcoming international competitions," Ali was quoted as saying by reports.

Gopichand is widely considered as one of the best coaches with his badminton academy at Gachibowli in Hyderabad producing the best players in India including Saina Nehwal and Sindhu.

Sindhu and Gopichand got hero's welcome at Hyderabad airport on Monday and the player travelled in a double-decker bus in a victory rally to the city stadium.

"Gopi sir was always motivating. May be he seemed angry to others but for me it was his motivation that helped me. The last two months we really worked hard and made a lot of sacrifices and it paid off. We never thought about the medal. It was one match at a time and I am happy to win the medal," Sindhu told reporters.

Sindhu is the first Indian woman to win silver medal in the Olympics. The Telangana government has announced a Rs 5 crore cash reward for her.

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