Indian ace shuttler Kidambi Srikanth is grabbing headlines for all right reasons. Srikanth has recently won two Superseries titles back to back— Indonesia Open and Australian Open.They both came within a span of seven days, which is no easy achievement. We all know that his success can mainly be credited to his coach Pullela Gopichand but not many are aware about the former Indian captain Rahul Dravid’s connection with Kidambi’s success.
The badminton player had received mentorship from Dravid in the build-up to the Tokyo Olympics 2020. The 24-year-old shuttler managed to reach the finals of three consecutive Badminton Super Series final,winning twice. He has also won the Indian Open in 2015 and China Open in 2014. The talented youngster is supported under Rahul Dravid Athlete Mentorship programme and also received the personal guidance from Dravid.
The Wall is the head of the Bangalore-based GoSports Foundation, which has supported the shuttler. The foundation organises funds for all his needs like travel funds, playing gear, the equipments, personal physiotherapy, fitness trainer and nutritional needs. It also sponsors many other Olympic and Paralympic aspirants. Srikanth’s next big assignment will be the World Championships at Glasgow in August and Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
There will be enormous and continuous support for player’s needs at the Gopichand Academy. They will also be given mentorship for mental conditioning to prepare for the road and challenges ahead.
Olympic gold medalist Abhinav Bindra, Rahul Dravid and All England Badminton Champion Pullela Gopichand are the foundation’s board of advisors. It aims at supporting talent which can go a long way and make the country proud.
Olympic gymnast Dipa Karmakar, Olympic Weightlifter Satish Kumar, and Paralympic gold medallist Devendra Jhajharia are among other famous athletes who got support from the foundation.