Saina Nehwal Stands By Under-Fire Coach Gopichand

HYDERABAD: Olympic medallist Saina Nehwal stood by her coachPullela Gopichand, who had been accused of “mental harassment” by doubles specialistPrajakta Sawant, stating that she is totally “unaware” about “how these things are coming out.”

“Look at me. I am standing here today as World No 3. I would like to thank Gopi Sir for where I am today. I don’t know from where all these things are coming out and I really don’t know what it is,” Saina, who was initially reluctant to answer the question priovided her response on the issue.

Prajakta had moved to Bombay High Court yesterday accusing the chief national coach of “mental harassment” after she was denied entry into the national coaching camp at Gopichand’s academy in Hyderabad.

It was a function to announce about the launch of her autobiography that will soon hit the stands, and it will give an insight to how a child prodigy turned into a big star.

The book titled ‘Playing To Win’ traces Nehwal’s journey when he started playing age-group tournaments.

“It is a story about how I started playing at the age of 9 and today at the age of 22 with a Olympic medal in my kitty, what all I did to be here,” she told reporters after the launch this evening.

She expressed confidence that the book would be liked by all and inspire a “lot more Saina Nehwals to come out.”

Saina said she was assisted by a representative of the publishing house in writing the book.

Saina will next play in China in a Super Series final and tournaments in Korea and Hong Kongand she regrets that she will again have to miss Diwali.