Sunday, July 25, 2021

Setback for Sindhu as coach Kim quits

HYDERABAD, September 24: India’s women’s singles badminton coach Kim Ji Hyun has resigned on personal grounds.
The Korean coach, who worked with PV Sindhu for the last four months and had played a pivotal role in the world No. 5 Indian becoming a world champion, was forced to rush to New Zealand after her husband suffered a stroke a few weeks back.
According to sources, Kim’s family requires her presence in New Zealand to tend to her husband, who needs at least six months of care and possibly a surgery, to get better.
When TOI contacted Kim last week, the Korean had said that she was not 100% sure of coming back. With Monday’s development, it is clear that she will not return.
Kim was a former international and coach of the Korean team before she was sacked due to the poor performance of the national team at the Asian Games.
However, the Korean gelled well with Pullela Gopichand and rest of the support staff to help Sindhu become the first Indian to win the World
Championships gold. Sindhu appreciated Kim’s help in making some changes that improved her game. (TNN)