Indian doubles coach Mathias Boe wants to take rightful steps during the pandemic

The former Danish doubles player was appointed as the Indian doubles coach for training Satwiksiraj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty for the Olympics.

The untimely exit of the Indian foreign coaches from the Indian badminton contingent has been an issue for a very long. However, doubles coach Mathias Boe has found some rhythm with the doubles team and will be looking to gain some momentum.

The former Danish doubles player was appointed as the Indian doubles coach for training Satwiksiraj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty for the Olympics.

“I’m used to being in a training hall as a player. I put myself in their shoes and coach them as I would’ve coached myself if I was two different persons,” says the London Olympics silver medalist, World Championship runner-up in 2013, and a Thomas Cup champion in 2016.

When asked about training other players he says that he’s still adapting to the changes.

“I draw on tactics from my own career. But ultimately, they need to execute them. So I do ask them, ‘Do you see it the same way?’ For if there’s the slightest doubt in their minds, the plans won’t work,” he states.

The Danish ace also talked about how the Indian authorities of Badminton (Badminton Association of India and Sports Authority of India ) are different from those in Denmark.

“But I’ve got used to the way of doing things learning from head coach (Pullela) Gopichand,” he says.

Boe partnered with Carsten Mogensen during his time. Their pair holds an impressive record against the current World No.1s Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo. What makes it most interesting is the fact that the last World No.1s before the Indonesians were these two which was in the year 2017. This experience of competing against the current top players would surely help him in training the Indian aces.

Boe was brought in for a time period of three months however the SAI extended the contract till the end of the Olympics.

 

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