Prakash Padukone born to Ramesh Padukone and Ahilya Padukone on 10 June 1955 is a former Indian badminton player. He dominated the national badminton from 1971 to 1980 and put India on the international map.
In 1978 he won the singles badminton gold medal at the Common Wealth Games. He was ranked world No.1 in 1980, when he became the first Indian to win the All England Championships, the world’s most prestigious annual badminton competition. This win catapulted Prakash Padukone to the No.1 world badminton ranking.
Prakash Padukone was awarded the Arjun award in 1972 and the Padma Shri in 1982 by the Government of India. He was also conferred Badminton Association of India Lifetime Achievement award.
Indian sporting legend and the visionary behind the Academy’s successful inception, Prakash Padukone lends much more than just his name to the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy.
The Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy (PPBA) was launched on October 1st, 1994. Located at the state-of-the-art, multi-sport Padukone-Dravid Centre for Sports Excellence campus spread over 15 acres close to the Kempegowda International Airport. The Academy was started by Mr. Prakash Padukone, Mr. Vimal Kumar and Mr. Vivek Kumar – all stalwarts of Indian Badminton.
The Academy has produced multiple National and International level champions and is renowned around the country for producing world-class badminton players.