Sports Desk, Amar Ujala, New Delhi.
Published by: Yogesh Sahu
Updated Mon, 02 Aug 2021 12:59 AM IST
The country’s badminton star PV Sindhu did not lose a single match in the journey till reaching the semi-finals in Tokyo Olympics. However, she lost in the semi-finals. He then won the bronze medal match against Bing Xiao. She had a tough fight with Japan’s Yamaguchi in the quarter-finals as well, but her attacking ground smash ultimately saved her two game points and won two straight sets to reach the semi-finals. Sindhu is called a player of the big match. His Korean coach has been instrumental in maintaining his ability to perform well in big matches. Know about them…
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Parks is also from South Korea. They played in the quarter finals at the 2004 Athens Olympics. In 2002, he won the gold medal in the Asian Games played in Busan. He was the national coach of the Korean team from 2013 to 2018. He started training Sindhu at the Gachibowli Stadium in Hyderabad. The specialty of Park is that he understands the strategy of the opponent player very well.
Know how Park trained Sindhu in 7 points
- Park further strengthened Sindhu’s ability to deliver under pressure and keep herself psychologically strong in big matches.
- First Sindhu’s defense was weak, the attack was strong. Every major international badminton player was aware that Sindhu plays powerful smashes due to her strong attack. Players used to tire them out and wait for their smashes and defended them to get points. Coach Park worked on Sindhu’s defense skills.
- When the Tokyo Olympics were postponed last year, the coach took advantage of the remaining time to strengthen Sindhu’s motion skills. Trained him to drop shot and half smash.
- For Sindhu’s training, the coach used to call three-four boys from another academy at the stadium in Hyderabad. In the court there was Sindhu on one side and there were three shuttlers on the front side. One shuttler was in the front, two were in the back court. He used to change his position every five to ten minutes.
- The coach used to tell these boys to confuse Sindhu by playing shots like motion cross, slice smash and body smash to strengthen Sindhu’s defence.
- Earlier, Sindhu used to play only four-handed shots. After training in a new way, now she has started playing back hand shots very well.
- Along with Sindhu, the coaches used to try to understand their game by watching old videos of some international players. This made Sindhu’s game stronger.