Pullela Gopichand wearing a pink shirt: Pullela Gopichand, chief national badminton coach

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Pullela Gopichand, chief national badminton coach

The Olympics are usually marked by a vibrant environment, with world champions and athletes meeting and greeting each other warmly. But this year is different. There is massive security, daily testing, isolation and locked-down bubbles at venues and training sites. Handshakes and hugs aren’t allowed any more. Besides these restrictions, players also have to deal with mental and physical stressors of injury, social media scrutiny and competitive pressure. “It’s a tough fight, both mentally and physically, to play and perform under these extremely challenging and exceptional circumstances. You

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