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Pullela Gopichand’s trusted deputy, coach Siyadutt quits ahead of Paris Olympics

Pullela Gopichand’s trusted deputy, coach Siyadutt quits ahead of Paris Olympics

Mohammed Siyadatullah Siddiqui had been associated with the Gopichand Academy for two decades, and had mentored players like Saina and Srikanth.

The Indian badminton team suffered a huge blow as coach Mohammed Siyadatullah Siddiqui, who had been training country’s top singles players for years, has decided to move to the USA, at the the Oregon Badminton Academy. Siyadutt, as he is fondly known, is one of the most trusted coaches in the Gopichand Academy in Hyderabad.

“It has been a terrific journey so far for me, having started my playing career in Mahabubnagar in 2000. Because of the injury, I stopped playing and started as a coach at the Gopi Academy (Gachibowli) from 2004,” Siyadutt told Sportstar.

Not many know, it was Siyadutt who mentored Kidambi Srikanth and Saina Nehwal, when they won their respective China Open titles. “Yes, I owe a lot to Gopi anna (brother). He is the reason for who I am today. And I enjoyed every minute, picking up so many things in the art of coaching from him. I am glad that I have played my bit in the success stories of some of the most famous names in Indian badminton in the last two decades,” Siyadutt added.

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In fact, he was around when the Indian team won the Thomas Cup in 2022. But for now, his focus shifts to the USA, and he hopes to deliver the same kind of results. “I hope I will help the Oregon Academy produce champion shuttlers in the near future,” he signed off.

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