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About Prakash Padukone

Ranked world No. 1 in 1980, Prakash Padukone is a former Indian badminton player. He is the first Indian to win the All England Open Badminton Championships. He has received the Arjuna Award in 1972 and the Padma Shri in 1982.

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  • One of the biggest achievement of your career was winning the All England Badminton Championship back in 1980 by defeating Liem Swie King, how do you look back at the victory given how it sort of popularized badminton in India?
  • Can you shed some light on your childhood and education?
  • Why doesn’t every state promote a particular sport in an in-depth way?
  • What are your views on coaches being able to prioritize designing their own autonomous academies?
  • Can you share the precious memory of your victory at the ALL-England Championships in 1980?
  • In 1994 you started Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy. What was the motive behind?
  • Like you, Saina Nehwal also became World’s number one under your guidance. How was the experience with her?
  • P.V Sindhu proved herself by winning silver Olympic gold medal. How do you envision the future of this sport in our country?
  • Please share the details about your NGO – OLYMPIC GOLD QUEST. How do our athletes benefit from it?
  • What are your personal future plans in regards of your academy and NGO?
  • What is your advice to our budding badminton players?
  • Any particular reason for the shift in focus to the juniors?
  • Is working with the seniors more tough, physically and in terms of other resources?
  • Do you see your academy becoming a feeder centre?
  • Once the juniors from your academy cross over to other academies as seniors, are you worried that you will not be credited for their success?
  • What is your opinion on the level of our senior players?
  • The UK overhauled their infrastructure after finishing 36th in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and now in the previous Rio Olympics they finished second just behind China. Does India need something of a similar approach?
  • Are you still adamant on the thought process of needing the right people to run the Indian Badminton federation?
  • Do you think only athletes should be involved in sports administration?
  • What’s the next step after putting the right people in the sports federation?
  • How do you think India should prepare for the Tokyo Olympics?
  • Should we identify a small number of areas to focus on for better results in Tokyo 2020 Olympics?
  • Does India need to invest in coaches and training of coaches in a big way?
  • What about investing in support teams who do their work behind the scenes?
  • In countries like UK, US and even Kenya, they have a school-college/university-club model to produce elite athletes. Do you think India should follow this model as a long-term plan?
  • The U.S. has a multi-discipline, high-altitude Olympic training center in Colorado Springs, where over 500 elite athletes can train at the same time. Do you think India should also build such facilities?
  • Sports federations here depend a lot on government funding. Should they market their sport the way Indian cricket board has?
  • Given how Indian badminton has produced results, do you think other federations should follow this model?
  • What is your expected performance from Indian players in badminton at the Tokyo Games?
  • With no recent stand out performances in the doubles department, do you think we need more specialized doubles coaches in badminton?
  • Do you think it’s possible to win multiple medals in badminton at Tokyo Games?
  • How did your badminton journey begin?
  • How did your parents respond to people asking them why you were practicing a casual sport like badminton so much?
  • Did you face problems managing both school and badminton?
  • What was it like, being a professional badminton player in India at the time?
  • Do you think Saina Nehwal should have skipped the Rio Olympics given her injury?
  • How do you perceive Indian badminton future?

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