, the coach who played a part in PV Sindhu’s world title triumph in Basel and quit immediately to attend to her ailing spouse, was in the news again on Monday for making allegations against the Indian shuttler.
Kim, who garnered much attention after Sindhu’s win in Basel, termed the Indian as “heartless” in an interview with a Korean YouTube channel.
The coach, who apparently took ill and was hospitalised, lamented that she was left to fend for herself and that Sindhu’s only concern was when she’d return to coach “me.”
Deeply hurt by the manner in which Kim described the incident, Sindhu’s father
said, “We were not at all aware that she is sick. No one informed Sindhu how she was. When Kim did not turn up for practice Sindhu called her and asked why she did not come and when she will be back. Sindhu was not aware of the seriousness of the sickness. Do you think she would not have rushed to the hospital if she had known how sick Kim was?”
Ramana said that Kim forgot that Sindhu credited the Korean after winning the World Championship. Kim joined the coaching set up in mid March this year and trained Sindhu till August. Even the week before the World Championships, Kim was sick and Sindhu trained with
. However, after winning the title, Sindhu never missed an opportunity to acknowledge the contribution of Kim.
“My daughter gave due credit to her. Wherever she went after the title, she never forgot to laud the contribution of Kim and other coaches. But it is sad that this is happening,” Ramana said.
It is learnt that Kim informed everyone who inquired about her health that she was fine. “Once we came to know about her health, we called her up. She said that she is fine and will be staying at a friend’s place. Sindhu had no chance of knowing about her health. She did not come for training in the last eight to nine days before the Worlds and directly joined Sindhu at the airport. Despite that Sindhu gave a lot of credit to her,” said a coach from the academy.
Kim left abruptly after the Worlds as her husband suffered a stroke and said that she will not be able to come back. “We asked when she can come back but she said there is little chance of her husband recovering soon. But surprisingly she joined a club in Taiwan within four months. Don’t know whether she got a better offer there. But all of us are sad that she spoke like this about a good-mannered girl like Sindhu, who is down to earth even after achieving so much in her career,” the coach added.