Prakash Padukone-Badminton Player
Prakash Padukone was born on June 10th,1955. He is a former Indian badminton player hailing from Karnataka. He is the first Indian player to win the All England Championship. He was awarded Padma Shri in 1982. He was awarded the Arjuna award in 1972. Prakash Padukone’s biography has been named ‘Touch Play’, and its authored by Dev S. Sukumar. The book is only the second biography of any badminton player. Olympic Gold Quest is a Foundation prakash started along with Billards player Geet Sethi,which aims at promotion of sports in India.
He was born in Padukone village near Kundapura, Karnataka. He currently lives in Bangalore with wife Ujjala and has two daughters, Deepika Padukone, Bollywood actress and Anisha Padukone, a golfer. He runs the PrakashPadukoneBadmintonAcademy. Prakash was introduced to the game by his father Ramesh Padukone, who served as the Secretary of the Mysore Badminton Association for a few years. His first official tournament was in the Karnataka state junior championship in 1962. Though he lost in the first round itself. Two years later he managed to win the state junior title, and won the Indian national junior title in 1972. He also won the senior title the same year. He won the National title consecutively for the next seven years. He won his first major international title at the 1978 Commonwealth Games held in Edmonton, Canada. He won his first men’s singles gold medal at the In 1979, he won the Evening of Champions at the Royal Albert Hall, London.In the year 1980, became the first Indian to win the men’s singles title at the All England Championship and later won the danish open and the swedish open. He spent much of his international career training in Denmark. After his retirement from the professional circuit, After his retirement in 1991, he was the chairman of the Badminton Association of India for a short while. And served as the coach of the Indian national badminton team from 1993 – 96.