Prakash Padukone is one of the noted Badminton player of India. He
was born on 10th June 1955, in Bangalore. At
the age of 14, he became the National Junior Badminton Champion and at
15, the National Champion.
He was the National Badminton Champion for nine consecutive years during
1970-78. When he was only 15, he made a record by winning junior boys
and men's singles badminton titles in 1971. In 1980, he won the
Badminton Grand Slam by winning three major international badminton
tournaments including All England Badminton Championship. He also
represented India in Thomas Cup Matches. In the 7th Asian Games, held at
Tehran in 1974, he won a bronze medal. In the Common Wealth Games held
at Edmonton (Canada) in 1978, Prakash won the final of men's single's
event by beating Ray Talbot of Britain in straight sets and won a gold
medal. In the First World Games held in USA (1981), he was awarded a
bronze medal. He also won the Alba World Cup in the same year defeating
Han Jain of China.
He received 'Arjuna' award in 1972. He is estimated to have won about 15
International titles in the first half of 1980's. He was ranked number
one in 1980 and 1981 in the world rankers. After his career he served as
a chief of Badminton Association of India for a few years. Later he
resigned. Now he is concentrating on conducting high standard
tournaments, camps and workshops specially for juniors through his
academy based at Bangalore.