Pullela GopichandI is an Indian Badminton player. He won the All England Open Badminton Championships in 2001 defeating Chen Hong of China in the finals by 15-12,15-6. He became the second Indian to achieve this feat after Prakash Padukone, who won it in 1980.
He was awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award for the year 2000-2001. But later on, his game was affected due to injuries and his ranking dropped to 126 in the year 2003.
In the year 2002, he refused to endorse a soft drink major as it meant that he would be encouraging people to consume a product which he himself thought was unsafe. In 2005, he was awarded the Padma Shri. Now, he runs the Pullela Gopichand badminton academy.
He is now a very renowned coach who is the main force behind the emergence of new star in Indian Badminton Saina Nehwal.
Basin Reserve, Wellington ,12/11/2013, 03:00 (IST)
Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai ,12/11/2013, 21:30 (IST)
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide ,12/5/2013, 05:30 (IST)
Kingsmead, Durban ,12/8/2013, 13:30 (IST)