Gopichand wrote in the book that he was saddened by Saina's decision to leave the academy after the 2014 World Championships.
P S Kashyap, Saina's husband and Commonwealth Games gold winner, has also confirmed this
Gopichand's revelation- It was something that someone close to me had been taken away from me
Dainik BhaskarJan 12, 2020, 07:21 PM IST Sports Desk. National Badminton Coach Pullela Gopichand, in his book 'Dreams of a Billion: India and the Olympic Games', revealed how sad he was to leave Saina Nehwal's Gopichand Academy.
Gopichand has mentioned this in a book written as 'Bitter Rivalry' in the book. He wrote in it – After the 2014 World Championships, Saina had decided to leave him and join Prakash Padukone's academy and train under Vimal Kumar. He was very hurt by this. Saina's husband P Kashyap has also confirmed this.
Gopichand said- I did not want to ignore Saina
Gopichand wrote in the book – It was something like that someone close to me had been turned away from me. Earlier I had pleaded not to go with Saina. But by then she had made up her mind to come under someone else's influence. I did not want to stop his progress. So that did not stop him. It is not beneficial for either of us.
There were also rumors that Saina was upset that Gopichand was paying more attention to PV Sindhu than her. Gopichand wrote on it in the book- Yes, I had other players too and Sindhu's game improved a lot between 2012 and 2014. But I have never wished to ignore Saina. Perhaps I could not explain it to them. But I was more saddened by the role of Prakash Padukone, Coach Vimal Kumar and Olympic Gold Quest official Viren Raskina.
I think Vimal Kumar and Prakash Padukone sir had to talk to Saina on this matter but I do not know why they did not talk to Saina. On the contrary, they all encouraged him (Saina) to leave Hyderabad. It is still a mystery to me today why Prakash sir never said anything good about me, even though I always considered him as my role model.