In Sportswallah round-up, we work to bring the news related to cricket, football, tennis, badminton, hockey, kabaddi and other sports to the same place. Here are some of the big news which made the headlines on Friday.
Current world number 7, Lee Chong Wei certainly needs no introduction whatsoever. The shuttler from Malaysia, at 35, is still flying high; or should I say, defying his age all ends up. Lee's recent triumph came in the 2018 Commonwealth Games where this veteran outclassed India's Kidambi Srikanth who is a decade younger to Lee. With the win at Australia's Gold Coast, Lee became the first badminton player to win three singles gold medals, having won gold in 2006 in Melbourne and 2010 in Delhi.
There are several such records in Lee's kitty; like he is the only Malaysian shuttler to hold the number one ranking for more than a year. So while many of badminton faithful are aware of his antics, there are some facts that even his biggest fans are unaware of. That being said, here we give you five such facts you need to know about Malaysia's Olympic Silver Medalist, Lee Chong Wei.
Pullela Gopichand is rightly called the Dronacharya of Indian badminton. The coach of India’s top shuttlers, Srikanth Kidambi, Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, Parupalli Kashyap and Sai Praneeth, he is the man who can be single-handedly credited for the rise of badminton in India in the current era. The 45-year- old badminton coach, who won several medals for India, has now shouldered the responsibility of training and raising top players from India.
Here are some facts you must know about the master, Pullela Gopichand.
Ashwini Ponnappa is living the dream of all football fans at this moment. The Indian shuttler is currently in Russia soaking in the football frenzy and watching matches. As you can already guess, Ashwini is having the time of her life by being the part of the biggest party of the world. The pretty badminton star can be seen riding scooty, exploring the country like a local, along with enjoying the football fever. Take a glance:
Talk about Indian Badminton and prior to naming the likes of Kidambi Srikanth, PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal and co, the sporting faithful will first and foremost name Pullela Gopichand. A Silver and a Bronze medalist in the 1998 Commonwealth Games, Pullela Gopichand is known for his meek and modest personality and it all reflects in the likes of the aforementioned names. During his playing days, cricket overshadowed badminton all ends up and in the midst, Gopoichand had a chance of lifting the sport, but he outrightly rejected the chance due to moral reasons.