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Prakash Padukone

Prakash Padukone

Prakash Padukone

Parkash Padukone was the pioneer in the Indian badminton community and gave the younger generation someone to look up to. He has continued to give back to badminton even after his playing days were over.

Prakash took the world of badminton by storm after winning the Yonex All England Badminton Championships in 1980, this made him the first Indian player to achieve this feat which has only been equalled by one other player since. The same year Prakash also achieved the World No.1 ranking along with numerous other titles including gold at the 1981 World Cup and bronze at the 1983 World Championships.

After retirement he served as chairman of the Badminton Association of India for a short term and also as National team coach from 1993 to 1996.

In addition to this he set up the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy in 1994 focusing on mentoring the next generation of Indian badminton players to hopefully one day follow in his footsteps and create more Indian badminton history.

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