CWG bronze medallist retires from badminton

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Commonwealth Games bronze medallist RMV Gurusaidutt declared his retirement from international badminton, bringing an end to his professional career that lasted over a decade and a half.

Gurusaidutt, 32, who had earned a bronze at the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Glasgow, took the decision following battling several injuries in the past few years.

“I was not able to give my 100 percent. I love the sport a lot and I felt I wasn’t not able to do justice to it. My body was not able to take it. So I decided to retire from competitive badminton. It is super-super emotional decision for me,” Gurusaidutt notified.

Gurusaidutt, who is a 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games gold medallist and also holds a world junior bronze medal, will be cruising on a new journey as a coach.

“I am really looking forward to a coaching stint with the Indian team. Working under Gopi sir, who has been my mentor, I will learn a lot,” stated Gurusaidutt.

“I will be with the Indian team at Indonesia for the 1000 event and with the camp till the CWG. I am thankful to BPCL for giving me the opportunity and really look forward to working with the Indian team.”

Gurusaidutt concluded second best at the 2010 India Open Grand Prix.

He represented India at the South Asian Games and triumphed the silver in the singles event as well being part of the gold medal in team category.

He had vanquished the Bulgarian International in 2015, besides acquiring the title at 2012 Tata Open India International.

He also triumphed the trophy at Bahrain International in 2008.

His biggest moment came at 2014 CWG when he trounced England’s Rajiv Ouseph to triumph the bronze medal.

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