Pullela Gopichand is a former badminton player and the current Chief National Coach for the Indian Badminton team. He runs the Gopichand Badminton Academy. From being a national champion to coaching champions, he has come a long way. Saina Nehwal went on to win the bronze medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics and P.V. Sindhu the silver medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics. Gopichand also served as the official Indian Olympic Badminton Team coach at the 2016 Brazil’s Rio Olympics.
He received the Arjuna Award in 1999, the Dronacharya Award in 2009 and the Padma Bhushan (India’s third highest civilian award) in 2014. Considered as quite the storm on the badminton court, Pullela Gopichand had to work hard to achieve all of it.
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