Prakash Padukone, a former Indian badminton player, has been positive for Kovid-19 and is recovering from an infection at a Bangalore hospital. The 65-year-old Padukone, the first Indian to win the prestigious All England Championship in 1980, is expected to be released from the hospital this week. This veteran player and Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy (PPBA) Director Vimal Kumar told PTI, ‘About 10 days ago, Prakash, his wife (Ujala) and second daughter (Anisha) showed symptoms and they got a test and the results came up. ‘
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“They have put themselves in quarantine. But even a week later, the flu has not subsided. So they were admitted to a hospital here in Bengaluru last Saturday,” he said. Vimal, ‘He’s fine now. All his parts are doing the right thing, his wife and daughter are at home and he is expected to release them in two or three days. Padukone, one of the most iconic players in world badminton, became a role model for Indian sports in the 1970s and 1980s. ‘
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Padukone became the first Indian to win a medal in this prestigious tournament with a bronze medal at the 1983 World Championships. In 1980, he became the first Indian to become the world’s number one player. He has achieved this by winning three consecutive titles at the Denmark Open, the All England Championship and the Swedish Open. Padukone was president of the Badminton Association of India in 1991. He was the coach of the Indian team from 1993 to 1996.