Pullela Gopichand has always been regarded as badminton royalty in India. He became only the second Indian player to win the prestigious Yonex All England Championships in 2001 after Prakash Padukone. He continued his playing career until 2008 where he turned his attention to coaching the future stars of Indian badminton.
Pullela founded the Gopichand Badminton Academy in 2008 where he nurtured the next generation of Indian badminton super stars. The likes of Saina Nehwal, P.V. Sindhu and Srikanth Kidambi have all been products of the Gopichand Academy. Notable achievements from some of these players include Saina’s bronze medal at the 2012 Olympic Games and Pusarla V. Sindhu going one better in Rio clinching silver.
After his coaching successes he was named as Indian National Team Coach where he was instrumental to their Olympic success.
In addition to his successful badminton career in both playing and coaching, Pullela has also received numerous accolades from the Indian government recognising his contributions to Indian sport.