31-01-2018 09:00 AM | Shilpika Bajpai | My Indian Dream
The king of Badminton, Prakash Padukone awarded with a Life Time Achievement.
In an event which witnessed the grace of great sports personalities and the vice president Venkaiah Naidu, the very proficient badminton player Prakash Padukone was honoured. Prakash Padukone was awarded a Life Time Achievement Award on Monday. The 62-year-old badminton star was given the inaugural award by the Badminton Association of India(BAI).
Padukone who also served as a chairman for BAI has major achievements in his bag full fo victories. He won the 1972 title in Karnataka in the junior as well as senior category. After which he won the National title for the next seven years. In his International career, he won his first major international title, the men's singles gold medal at the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Canada. He also won the "Evening of Champions" in 1979 at the Royal Albert Hall, London
After receiving the award, Padukone said, “I played at a time when there weren’t many facilities. I played without the lure of returns, money, rewards or to even please my parents. I played for my own satisfaction and to see how much I can challenge myself,”
Talking about the sport and the facilities for the upcoming players, he ''Talent must be given support otherwise it will die,''