Commonwealth Games medalist RMV Gurusaidutt announces retirement from international badminton

Commonwealth Games bronze medalist RMV Gurusaidutt on Monday announced his retirement from international badminton, bringing to a halt a professional career spanning over one-and-a-half decades.

The 32-year-old from Hyderabad, who claimed bronze at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, took the decision after battling multiple injuries over the years.

“I was not able to give my 100 per cent. I love the game so much and felt that I could not do justice to it. My body was not able to take it. So I decided to retire from competitive badminton. This is a super emotional decision for me,” Gurusaidutt told PTI.

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Gurusaidutt, who is a 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games gold medalist and also holds a world junior bronze medal, will embark 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,” said Gurusaidutt.

“I will be with the Indian team in Indonesia for 1000 events with the camp till the Commonwealth Games. I am thankful to BPCL for giving me this opportunity and am really looking forward to working with the Indian team.

Gurusaidutt in 2010. ranked second in India Open Grand Prix. He represented India at the South Asian Games and won a silver medal in the singles event apart from being part of the gold medal in the team category.

He won the Bulgarian International in 2015, apart from claiming the title at the 2012 Tata Open India International.

He also won the trophy at the 2008 Bahrain International. His biggest moment came at the 2014 CWG when he defeated England’s Rajeev Ossef to win the bronze medal.

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