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Gopichand feels no alternative for complex scheduling

New Delhi: National badminton coach Pullela Gopichand on Tuesday acknowledged the "complex" scheduling issues faced by Indian shuttlers but conceded that there was no alternative in sight to deal with them.
The debate on scheduling kicked off after the legendary Prakash Padukone recently observed that the Indian players were "definitely playing more tournaments than required".
Gopichand said there was a need to "space the tournaments well" but also went on to list the complexities involved.
"Scheduling affects the entire world, not just India. But the fact that we have the Commonwealth and Asian Games, which are important, makes it a lot more complex for India," Gopichand told reporters on the sidelines of the launch of a sports foundation here.
"European countries are not playing in the CWG or the Asian Games. But there is no alternative (for us), we have to adjust. You keep training during travelling," he said.
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