Pullela Gopichand, I think, is a person who can be counted amongst the notable players and coaches who have put India among the top badminton contenders at International level.
As a player, Gopichand has won a Gold medal at 2001 All England Championship held in Birmingham. He has also been a Bronze medal holder in singles event and won a silver in the team event at 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur. He ranked # 5 in 2001, his highest world ranking.
Gopichand not only brought laurels to the country as a player, but also has a stunning track record of producing two of India’s Olympic medalist Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu. He has also coached world ranking players like Kidambi Srikanth, Parupalli Kashyap, Sai Praneeth and numerous others at his academy in Hyderabad.
Gopichand’s coaching has set a new benchmark in Indian badminton standards and redefined the yardstick of excellence in badminton in last decade.