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Good Sports: Lifetime Achievement Award for Padukone

Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
January 2022
Good Sports: Lifetime Achievement Award for Padukone

Prakash Padukone, India’s legendary badminton player, has been honored with the Badminton World Federation’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Padukone was India’s first bona fide superstar in badminton, winning the All-England Open Badminton Championship in 1980 and achieving the No. 1 ranking in the world. He won a gold medal at the 1981 World Cup in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and a bronze at the 1983 World Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark.

After retiring from the sport, he has helped develop many talented badminton players through his professional badminton academy in Bengaluru and other endeavors.

“We are delighted to see BWF celebrating legendary Prakash Padukone’s contribution to the sport with this award,” said Ajay Singhania, general secretary of Badminton Association of India. “His contribution is massive in taking Indian badminton to where it is today.”

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Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.

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