Sindhu is a favorite for Tokyo's gold medal: Gopichand.

World Champion P V Sindhu

World Champion P V Sindhu

Pullela Gopichand, Chief National Badminton Coach, anticipates Indian sportsmen to achieve a double medal at the Olympic Games has made World Champion P V Sindhu one of the absolute favorites to win the gold. India will compete in the Tokyo Olympics on Friday with its largest Olympic presence – more than 120 competitors.   

 Gopichand feels Indian badminton players have a strong chance to improve their efficiency after guiding Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu to bronze and silver medals in the previous two Olympics.

"In badminton, we have chances, definitely to better what we did in Rio and London. So, I am hoping that Sindhu can pull off, she is definitely going to be one of the favorites in the Olympics with the venue as well," he said.

"And also, Chirag and Satwik, although, have a tough draw but I do see them as potential hopefuls for a medal. For Sai Praneeth, it is going to be tough. But he has done well at the World Championships and I hope he can repeat that performance.

"This Olympics will be very different than whatever we had in the past. Typically, the Olympics is like a celebration, like a party festival there, where there are a lot of young people from across the world ... at every round and corner you will find a superstar from other sports, from different countries," Gopichand said.

MSys Technologies CEO Sanjay Sehgal, who is also a director of the Heartfulness Education Trust, Squash champion Tanvi Khanna, Avantari Technologies MD Bhairav Shankar, and actress Tanya Maniktala were among those who witnessed the webinar.

Gopichand is a backer of Dhyana, a meditation-tracking app.

For the Indian Olympic contingent, the IOA purchased smart Dhyana rings as well as Dhyana's managed care services.



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