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BAI to confer first Lifetime Achievement award on Padukone

Published on September 12, 2017
Badminton Association of India has decided to confer Prakash Padukone with its first Lifetime Achievement Award for his rich contribution to the sport.
The award will carry a citation and a cash award of Rs 10 lakh.

  • BAI has decided to honour one important personality who has contributed towards badminton with a lifetime achievement award every year.

About Prakash Padukone

  • Prakash Padukone is a former Indian badminton player from Karnataka
  • He was awarded the Arjuna award in 1972 and the Padma Shri in 1982 by the government of India. He is one of the co-founders of Olympic Gold Quest, a foundation dedicated to the promotion of Olympic sports in India.
  • Prakash Padukone's life story has been chronicled in the biography 'Touch Play', by Dev S. Sukumar. The book is only the second biography of any badminton player
  • He won the Indian national junior title in 1972
  • In 1978, he won his first major international title, the men's singles gold medal at the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Edmonton, Canada
  • In 1980, he won the Danish Open, the Swedish Open and became the first Indian to win the men's singles title at the All England Championship with a victory over Indonesian rival Liem Swie King.

About BAI

  • Badminton Association of India (BAI) is the governing body of badminton in India.
  • It was formed in 1934, and has been holding national-level tournaments in India since 1936
  • BAI has 28 state members that conduct badminton tournaments and have a 2x voting power compared to the 8 affiliate members, who do not conduct tournaments and have a single vote each in the association.
  • It is headquartered in Lucknow, India.
  • The President of BAI is Dr. Himanta Bishwa Sarma
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