|Profession(s)||Former Indian Badminton Player, Instructor|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 185 cm
in meters- 1.85 m
in feet inches- 6’ 1”
|Weight (approx.)||in kilograms- 75 kg
in pounds- 165 lbs
|Debut||In 1962, in Karnataka state junior championship|
1983: Ranked 3rd in the singles event at Copenhagen, Denmark
1978: Ranked 1st in the singles event at Edmonton, Canada
1974: Ranked 3rd in the team event at Tehran, Iran
1986: Ranked 3rd in the team event at Seoul, South Korea
1981: Ranked 1st in the single events at Kuala Lumpur
World Grand Prix
1979: Ranked 1st in the singles event at Denmark Open
1980: Ranked 1st in the singles event at All England Open
|Awards||1972: Awarded the Arjuna award
1982: Recieved Padma Shri by the Government of India
2014: Outstanding Achievement award at GQ Men of the Year Awards
2018: Awarded BAI Lifetime Achievement Award
|Date of Birth||10 June 1955|
|Age (as in 2018)||63 Years|
|Birthplace||Bangalore, Mysore State, India|
|Zodiac sign/Sun sign||Gemini|
|Hometown||Bangalore, Mysore State, India|
|Caste||Brahmin (Chitrapur Saraswat)|
|Relationships & More|
|Wife/Spouse||Ujjala Padukone (Travel Agent)
Daughter(s)- Deepika Padukone (Actress), Anisha Padukone (Golfer)
|Parents||Father- Ramesh Padukone (Secretary of the Mysore Badminton Association)
Mother- Ahilya Padukone
|Siblings||Brother- 1 (Name Not Known)
|Net Worth (approx.)||Not Known|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Prakash Padukone
- Does Prakash Padukone smoke?: No
- Does Prakash Padukone drink alcohol?: No
- Prakash’s surname ‘Padukone’ was named after his villages name, Padukone, near Kundapura, Udupi district, Karnataka.
- He had a keen interest in Badminton since his childhood and also won the National Junior Champion in 1964.
- In 1971, Padukone became the youngest player to win the national senior championship at the age of 16.
- He won the National Senior championship title consecutively for nine years from the year 1971 to 1979.
- His marriage with Ujjala was arranged by his parents and the couple together have two daughters, Deepika Padukone, and Anisha Padukone.
- Prakash won the “Evening of Champions” at the Royal Albert Hall, London in 1979.
- The year 1980 brought tremendous success for Prakash as he went on to become the first Indian to win the men’s singles title at the ‘All England Championship’ after defeating Indonesian shuttler, Liem Swie King, after which he was ranked World No 1. In the same year, he also won Danish and the Swedish Open.
- He defeated his idol, Ruby Hartono in the Swedish Open.
- Padukone won 15 titles during the period 1980 to 1985.
- Prakash did most of his International career training in Denmark where he befriended many European players such as Morten Frost.
- In 1991, Prakash took retirement from competitive sports and served as the chairman of the Badminton Association of India for some time.
- From 1993 to 1996, he became the coach of the Indian National Badminton Team.
- In 1994, Prakash founded the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy (PPBA) along with Vimal Kumar and Vivek Kumar.
- Padukone’s biography, Touch Play was written by Dev S. Sukumar, became the second biography based on any badminton player.
- Prakash co-founded Olympic Gold Quest in 2001 along with Geet Sethi, an organization that aims to promote Olympic sports in India.
- In 2018, he was awarded the BAI Lifetime Achievement Award.
- In an interview, Prakash revealed that his favourite movie of his daughter, Deepika, is Bajirao Mastani.
- Here’s a video of Prakash Padukone in a conversation with Vijay Amritraj.
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