Pullela Gopichand is an Indian former badminton player. In 2001, he won the All England Open Badminton Championship, becoming only the second Indian after Prakash Padukone to do so. A recipient of the prestigious Arjuna Award, which is given for outstanding achievements in national sports, he has also won several other awards for his achievements in sports. He was interested in sports from his childhood, but his focus was more on cricket. He started playing badminton on the insistence of his elder brother.
At first he played just for fun but eventually he started participating and winning tournaments. In 1990 and 1991, he captained the Indian Joint Universities badminton team which made him realize that he wanted to play badminton at the professional level. His parents wanted him to become an engineer, but he nurtured and trained under Prakash Padukone and Ganguly Prasad.
After a successful career as a professional player, he founded the Gopichand Badminton Academy to train upcoming Indian players in the sport. In 2014, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian award.
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Age: 48 years , 48 years old male
Spouse/Ex-: PVV Lakshmi
Children: Gayatri Gopichand, Sai Vishnu Gopichand
Indian male badminton player
Height: 6’0″ (183 cm ), 6’0″ male
Notable Alumni: AV College, HyderabadMore Facts
Childhood and early life
Pullela Gopichand was born on 16 November 1973 in Nagandala, Prakasam District, Andhra Pradesh to Pullela Subhash Chandra and Subbaravamma. He was fond of sports since childhood. As a child he played cricket and at the age of 11 he took up badminton with the encouragement of his elder brother. Still, he played the game for fun for a while before competing in tournaments.
He completed his schooling from St. Paul’s High School, Hyderabad. He then completed his graduation in Public Administration from AV College. An emerging talent in badminton, he captained the Indian Joint University Badminton team in 1990 and 1991. In 1991, he was selected for his state’s junior badminton team.
He wanted to become a professional badminton player. Although he received support from his mother, he was expected to appear in the engineering exams. He aced the test and decided to head into the game.
Pullela Gopichand won the Junior National Championship at the age of 18. As he began to find success as an athlete, he realized the importance of professional training. He moved to Bangalore (Bangalore) where he was accepted into the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy run by the legendary badminton player.
Gopichand got off to a good start but knee injuries in the mid-1990s threatened to end his career. The serious injury he suffered in 1994 was especially serious. Dr. After Ashok Rajagopal underwent surgery to repair his knee, he was in constant pain and could not walk properly for several months.
Determined to return to the sport he loved so much, he took up yoga and worked hard to regain his form. He made a remarkable comeback to win his first National Badminton Championship title in 1996 and went on to win five consecutive titles till 2000. In 1996, he also won the gold medal in the SAARC Badminton tournament and defended the crown further. He played professionally in Germany from 1997 to 1999 and represented India in three Thomas Cups.
His good form helped him win two gold medals and a silver medal at the 1998 Indian National Games at Imphal. The same year he won a silver medal in the team event and a bronze medal in the men’s singles at the 1998 Commonwealth Games. .His streak of success continued in the following years and he won the Toulouse Open Championship in France and the Scottish Open Championship in Scotland in 1999. He also won the Asian Satellite Tournament held in Hyderabad in the same year.
He reached the pinnacle of his career in 2001 when he won the prestigious All England Open Badminton Championship at Birmingham. He defeated world number one Peter Gade in the semi-finals and defeated China’s Chen Hong 15–12, 15–6 in the final to win the trophy.
In doing so, he became only the second Indian to achieve the feat after his mentor Prakash Padukone, who won in 1980. Already 27 years old and battling a few injuries at the time of this stunning victory, Gopichand knew that he did not have much time left as a player. So he decided to focus his energies on setting up a coaching academy for budding badminton players.
Gopichand Badminton Academy, a badminton training facility in Hyderabad, was established in 2008. The facility is a world-class training facility in line with the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy. In addition, physiotherapy, food and diet programs are also available.
He founded the Gopichand Badminton Academy to provide world-class training to budding Indian badminton players. Many youngsters trained at the academy went on to international fame. These include Saina Nehwal, Parupalli Kashyap, PV Sindhu and Arundhati Panthawane.
Awards and Achievements
He was awarded the Arjuna Award in 1999 and the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 2001 for his achievements in sports. The Government of India awarded him the Padma Shri in 2005 and the Padma Bhushan in 2014 – India’s third highest civilian award.
Personal life and legacy
Pullela Gopichand has been married to fellow badminton player PVV Lakshmi since 5 June 2002. The couple has two children; His daughter is also a budding badminton player.