Legendary Indian badminton player Prakash Padukone has tested positive for COVID-19 and is recovering from the infection at a Bengaluru hospital. The 65-year-old, who is the first Indian to win the prestigious All England Championships title in 1980, will likely be sacked later this week. “About 10 days ago, Prakash, his wife (Ujjala) and his second daughter (Anisha), developed symptoms and got tested and the results were positive”, Vimal Kumar, a close friend of the legendary shuttle and director of the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy (PPBA), told PTI.
“They isolated themselves but after a week Prakash’s fever did not go down, so last Saturday he was admitted to a hospital here in Bangalore.
“He’s fine now. All of his parameters are fine, his wife and daughter are at home and he too will hopefully be released in 2-3 days, ”he added.
One of the most revered figures in global badminton, Padukone had become a model of Indian sport during his playing years in the 1970s and 1980s.
Padukone was also the first Indian to win a medal at the World Championships after winning a bronze medal in the 1983 edition.
He was also the first Indian to be ranked world number one after achieving the feat in 1980 following back-to-back title wins at the Danish Open, All-England Championships and the Swedish Open. .
After his retirement in 1991, Padukone was president of the Badminton Association of India (BAI). He also coached the Indian team from 1993 to 1996.
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