Here's why PV Sindhu 'hates' her teacher.

I Hate My Teacher Watch PV Sindhus touching tribute to her coach Pullela GopichandScreenshot
Social Teachers' Day Tuesday, September 05, 2017 - 14:32

Soon after her spectacular match at the 2016 Rio Olympics badminton final, PV Sindhu had dedicated her silver medal to her coach Pullela Gopichand and her family.

Speaking to India Today, the ace shuttler had said, "Right now I am on cloud nine and I have no words to express (what I am feeling). We had to make a lot of sacrifices and Gopi sir also made a lot of sacrifices. I would like to really thank him. I would just say because of him, I am here today."

When Sindhu made history by clinching a silver at the Olympics, the moment was a culmination of years of hard work that both she and her coach had put in.

As a tribute to her mentor, Sindhu has produced a digital film with Gatorade, of which she is the brand ambassador.

Called "I Hate My Teacher", Sindhu lists a number of reasons why she "hates" Gopichand. She talks about "hating" him for believing in her more than she did in herself, pushing her, testing her and most importantly, for never giving up.

Sindhu started training with Gopichand from 2004 and both have often spoken about the discipline and rigorous training required to produce top-notch performances.

In an interview to Verve, Sindhu had said, "Juggling sports and studies was not that easy, but I managed to do it. Initially, no one thought I would be that big, so schooling was given equal importance. I had to live a disciplined life – I still do, in fact. Following a regimen was not difficult — as it ultimately enabled me to become a better player. I always focused on the fact that I had an ambition in life. So, no matter how tough or hard life was going to get for me, I decided to go along with it. For coach Gopichand, though a hard taskmaster on court, truly understands his players.”

Pullela Gopichand and PV Sindhu; PTI Photo by Mitesh Bhuvad.

Gopichand vouched for the fact that Sindhu is a dedicated student herself.

He told The Times of India last year, "I can tell you that for the last six years, we started every day at 4.30 in the morning. Not once do I remember her telling me, 'I'll come at 4.45 or 5.00'. That's her work ethic. I only have to tell her the time. If I say 6.45, she'll say okay without hesitation. That's the way she trains." 

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