Meet Pullela Gopichand
There are those who drive themselves to make their passion the reason for their success and there are those whose passion also drives people to achieve success. Pullela Gopichand, former Indian badminton player is one such person to have done both. He won the All England Open Badminton Championships in 2001 becoming the second Indian to achieve this feat after Prakash Padukone. Currently, he is the Chief National Coach for the Indian Badminton team and runs the Gopichand Badminton Academy. Gopichand not only brought laurels to the country, but also coached a young badminton player – P.V Sindhu – to achieve the silver medal at the 2016 Olympic Games. He received the Arjuna Award in 1999, the Dronacharya Award in 2009 and the Padma Bhushan in 2014.
After winning his first National Badminton Championship title in 1996, Gopichand went on to win the title five times in a row, until 2000. He won two golds and one silver medal at the Indian National Games in 1998. In 1996, he won gold in the SAARC badminton tournament and defended the crown in the next games held at Colombo in 1997. At the 1998 Commonwealth Games, he won a silver medal in the team event and a bronze in men’s singles. After retiring from his playing career, Pullela Gopichand founded the Gopichand Badminton Academy, which has produced several badminton players including Saina Nehwal, P. V. Sindhu, Parupalli Kashyap, Srikanth Kidambi, Arundhati Pantawane, Gurusai Datt and Arun Vishnu.
He won the All England Open Badminton Championships in 2001, becoming the second Indian to achieve this feat after Prakash Padukone. He runs the Gopichand Badminton Academy. He received the Arjuna Award in 1999, the Dronacharya Award in 2009 and the Padma Bhushan – India's third highest civilian award – in 2014.
P. Gopichand is undoubtedly a famous figure in the world of sports, having put India on the global map in the field of badminton. Following a knee surgery in 1994, he was unable to walk properly for a year. Two years later, Gopichand continued his journey towards recovery at The Art of Living program. In 2001, he won the prestigious All England Open Badminton Championship, becoming the second Indian to achieve the feat after Prakash Padukone.
He went on to launch the Gopichand Badminton Academy in Hyderabad, India in 2008 and has mentored champions including the 2016 Rio Olympics Silver medalist PV Sindhu and 2012 London Olympics Bronze medalist Saina Nehwal amongst others.Pullela Gopichand, former All England champion, is now feeding his athletes what he had been starved off: ready inputs, strategy, an on-court Pentium processor, knowledge and an incredible mind off court.
In his Talks Mr. Gopichand takes the audience through his multi-faceted career and the lessons he’s learned along the way. His expertise derived from years of detailed research into individual success and achievement. Gopichand combines this wealth of knowledge and experience into an informative and motivational approach by sharing with the audience tips to achieving long-lasting transformation. He also shares the critical lessons learned through the Coaching experience with athletes like PV Sindhu: ready inputs, strategy, Never Give Up spirit, knowledge and an incredible mind off court. and strategies for succeeding at the highest level in any sport, which apply equally to business and professional life. This session will provide insights on Mr. Gopichand’s philosophy to coaching, his methodology for identifying, nurturing Talent, influencing change and bringing out large scale transformation.
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