Thursday, November 3, 2011

Syed Modi

Do You Know

Prakash Padukone won national singles title from 1971-1979.after praksh 1980 to 1987 modi won the singles title.But he was not active in doubles.But praksh padukone won 4 national Dobles also.

Modis coach dipu Ghosh is also a national champion in singles (1969) and doubles(1964,1967,1969,19701971)

Personal information

Born 1962
Sardarnagar, Gorakhpur district, Uttar Pradesh
Died 28 July 1988
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Country India
Years active 1976-1988
Coach Dipu Ghosh
Men's singles
Highest Ranking No 1. in India  (1988)
Title(s) 1982 Commonwealth Games, Men's singles
Bronze medal, 1982 Asian Games
National Badminton champion (1980-87)
Medal record[hide]
Competitor for  India
Men's Badminton
Commonwealth Games
Gold 1982 Australia Men's singles
Austrian International
Gold 1983 Men's singles
Gold 1984 Men's singles
Asian Games
Bronze 1982 Delhi Men's singles

Syed Modi (1962–1988) was an Indian badminton player, and an eight-time National Badminton champion (1980-87). He won the Austrian International in 1983 and 1984 and 1982 Commonwealth Games, Men's singles title. His play displayed a mix of stylist Suresh Goel, of whom he was a protege, and the effectiveness of Prakash Padukone, whom he succeed as a National Champion.
Modi was murdered on 28 July 1988 in Lucknow as he came out of the K. D. Singh Babu Stadium after a practice session. After his death, a badminton tournament was constituted in his memory, "Syed Modi Memorial", All India Syed Modi badminton championship hosted each year at Lucknow, which turned into "Syed Modi International Challenge" in 2004, and starting December 2009 it would turn into "Syed Modi Grand Prix", organized by Badminton Association of India. The Railways of which he was an employee, opened the Syed Modi Railway stadium and auditorium at his native place, Gorakhpur.

He worked with NE Railways as a Welfare Officer, in Gorakhpur and later shifted to Lucknow. Syed Modi became junior national champion in 1976 and trained under P.K. Bhandari till 1982, and thereafter under Dipu Ghosh, National Coach of Indian team.
In time, he became eight-time national badminton champion; won the Austrian International in 1983 and '84; won singles bronze in '82 Asian Games and received the Arjuna Award in 1981. At 1982 Commonwealth Games, he beat England's Nick Yates, 7-15, 15-5, 15-7 to take home the Men's singles crown.He later married Amita, a fellow badminton player.
Modi was shot dead on 28 July 1988 evening at the age of 27, as he was coming out of KD Singh Babu stadium, Lucknow after a routine practice. A brilliant career was cut shot and a severe blow was dealt to badminton in India as Modi was touted to be a superstar like Prakash Padukone.

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