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PV Sindhu seeks SAI’s approval to bring in Muhammad Hafiz Hashim as coach

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Star Indian shuttler PV Sindhu is attempting to secure the services of former All England Open winner Muhammad Hafiz Hashim as her coach to win a third Olympic medal at the 2016 Paris Games. PV Sindhu has requested approval to bring the Malaysian, Hafiz Hashim as her coach and train with him, in a letter addressed to the Sports Authority of India (SAI).

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Former national coach Vimal Kumar, speaking regarding the proposal, said,

“I think SAI will approve Sindhu’s proposal. She is an elite player for India and is likely to be the only woman singles badminton player to qualify for Paris Olympics.”

The topic is to be discussed during the upcoming Mission Olympic Cell (MOC) conference, when participants may debate important items on the agenda for India’s Olympic plan and TOPS athletes’ ideas.

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Vimal added,

“She had a good two to three years with Park (Tae-Sang) and now Hafiz. See, I don’t know how good are his coaching credentials but he has been a good player 20 years back. Sometimes all it takes is a spark.”

After returning from a five-month injury layoff caused by a stress fracture, she had while training for the Commonwealth Games in August of last year, Sindhu, 27, has appeared off-color this season.

The 2019 world champion has been working with SAI coach Vidhi Chaudhary after falling out of the top 10 in April for the first time since 2016. The MOC had agreed to Sindhu’s request for financial support so that her coach could go with her to the All England Championships, the Swiss Open, and the Spain Masters.

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In preparation for the next competitions, beginning with the Canada Open the following week, Sindhu has been working with Hafiz for the past two weeks at the Suchitra Badminton Academy.

During her visit to the Suchitra Academy, where she receives strength and fitness training from coach Srikanth Verma, Sindhu sought the advice of the 40-year-old, who was also the Awadhe Warriors’ coach in the Premier Badminton League.

Srikanth said,

“Sindhu is absolutely fine. She is coming back to her best slowly. She has been working with Hafiz for two weeks. Our main objective is the prevention of injuries and maintaining her fitness. So identifying what needs to be done after matches and tournaments and then making a specific program is important”

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