Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Prakash Padukone

 One interesting thing About Indian badminton
   The indian palyer Who won National single title the most?Prakash Padukone,he won national single title from 1971 to 1979.And the best thing is he won National dobles title four times.In 1973 he won the doubles title with Davinder Ahuja,in 1976,&1977,with Leory D 'sa,and lastly in 1979 with kiran Kaushik.This record is still exist.

          Prakash hails from the Konkani-speaking community of Chitrapur Saraswat Brahmins (born June 10, 1955).His father, Ramesh Padukone served as the Secretary of the Mysore Badminton Association for many years, and looking great potential and talent in Prakash, introduced him to the game at quite an early age. He was the first indian who won the prestigious all england championship.Padukone's first official tournament was the Karnataka state junior championship in 1962. Though he lost in the very first round, two years later he managed to win the state junior title.he won the National Junior Badminton Championship in the year 1970.In the same year, he occurred to witness the legendry Badminton player, Rudi Hartono of Indonesia playing a power packed game at Jabalpur, India. Rudi’s game, full of aggressiveness and power. Getting inspired by him, Prakash decided to change his style of game from mild to aggressive, and hence there was no looking back for him. He managed to win both the Junior National and Senior National Badminton titles in the year 1971, at the age of 16 years.Prakash continued to win the National Senior title for 9 years in a row, a record that has still not been equaled. In 1978, he won his first major international title, the men's singles gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Edmonton, Canada. In 1979, he won the Evening of Champions at the Royal Albert Hall, London.
In 1980, he won the Danish Open, the Swedish Open and became the first Indian to win the coveted men's singles title at the All England Championship with a victory over Indonesian rival Liem Swie King. The victory at All England Badminton Championship earned Prakash a World No. 1 ranking, something that he’s been the only Indian to achieve till date.He spent much of his international career training in Denmark, and developed close friendships with European players such as Morten Frost.He had now entered the league of the best badminton players in the world of his time, and in the Swedish Open tournament of 1980, he even got to clash against his Idol, Rudy Hartono in an early round of the tournament. Prakash beat Rudy by 9-15, 15-12 and 15-1, and even though he could easily win by 15-0 in the last set, he didn’t want to embarrass his Idol.
          Further, he won the Alba World Cup Badminton 1981 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He was the first ever Indian Badminton player to win a World Cup title. He won the Dutch Open and the Hong Kong Open Championships in 1982. Prakash won a Bronze Medal at the World Badminton Championship 1983 held at Copenhagen, Denmark.

   After his retirement in 1991, he was the chairman of the Badminton Association of India for a short while. He was the coach of the Indian national badminton team in 1993 and 1996.

    Major Achivements

3rd in world chapionship Singles in 1983 at Copenhagen, DEN
1st in Commonwealth Games Singles in 1978 at Edmonton, CAN
1st in World Grand Prix Singles in 1979 at Denmark Open
1st in World Grand Prix Singles in 1980 at All England Open

   He was awarded the Arjuna award in 1972 and the Padma Shri in 1982.His biography is released in 2006 in the name of Touchplay Written By dev Sukumar.

Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy(PPBA)

Academy started in 1994 at Banglore.Out of the many talents from the academy Pullella Gopi Chand & Aparna Popat shines international level.In 2007 Tata grop come as lead sponser of the academy.2009 new branch of the academy started at mumbai.International players from the academy  include Gopi Chand,Aparna Popat, Aravind Bhat,Ashwani Ponnappa,Adaiti Mutakar,Ajay Jayaram,Anand Pawar,Anup Sridhar,and many..

Badminton All England 1981 MS Final Game

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