Hyderabad is a famous city when it comes to the top cities in India. And the reason for this isn’t just one – Hyderabadi pearls, Karachi biscuits, biryani, Nawabi style of living and many more including Sports.
Hyderabad has given the Country many talented players excelling in different sports. Sania Mirza for Tennis, Mohammad Azharuddin for Cricket, K Srinivas for Carrom; the list is really long. Among all these sports, one new sports that suddenly emerged once again is Badminton after P.V Sindhu became the first Indian woman to win an Olympic silver medal, and a silver medal in Commonwealth games 2018. But, she isn’t the one won who has contributed in the field of Badminton from the city.
Badminton and Hyderabad have a long strong relation since 1996.
Relation between Badminton and Hyderabad
Hyderabad gave India its first Iconic Badminton player – Pullela Gopichand (P. Gopichand) who won the first National Badminton Championship title in 1996 followed by various other titles including the All England Open Badminton Championship in 2001.
Gopichand’s contribution to the field of badminton dint just end here. This Arjun Award and Padma Bhushan winner is currently the Chief National Coach of the Indian Badminton team. He is infact one of the major roots which has further given the Country several other top Badminton players.
Gopichand’s zeal for badminton is so high that it gave the Country – Gopichand Badminton Academy. The place is a dream to be for aspiring Badminton players.
Let’s sneak into the top Badminton players that Hyderabad has given to the Country.
Top Men Badminton Players who hail from Hyderabad
Aged 31, Parupalli Kashyap, has a total of 266 wins in his kitty and ranks 40 in the World Badminton Ranking. He plays Mens’ singles and brought a silver medal home at the 2010 Commonwealth games. Kashyap is also an Arjuna award winner for his achievement in the field of Badminton.
Parupalli started played Badminton at the young age of 11 and trained under badminton coach S.M. Arif in Hyderabad until his family shifted to Bengaluru. In Bengaluru; Parupalli trained at the Padukone Academy. What makes Parupalli even a greater player, is his attitude towards the game.
His family once again shifted to Hyderabad and this is when Parupalli was diagnosed with Asthma. His medical condition could have resulted in the failure of his career, but he was determined to surmount his problems rather than giving up the game. He then joined the Gopichand Academy and trained under Gopichand thus achieving this level of perfection in the game.
Born in Guntur in 1993, this Hyderabad trained, Padma Shree award winner, became the highest ranked Men’s badminton player in the world. As per the wins in his kitty, this 178cm tall player has a silver medal that he bought home from Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. In 2014, he stunned Lin Dan at the China Open Superseries Premier men’s singles final in straight games, becoming the first Indian male to ever win the tournament since the introduction of the Superseries. He has picked up consecutive titles in 2015 at the Swiss Open and Yonex-Sunrise India Open, bringing him to a career-high ranking of World No. 3.
Top Women Badminton Players who hail from Hyderabad
When it comes to Badminton, the contribution of Women is none less than that of men badminton players. Let’s sneak into a few women players who made the Country proud.
Ace Shuttler PV Sindhu an Indian professional badminton player who earned widespread fame after winning a silver medal in the 2016 Rio Olympics. She also won a silver medal at the 2017 BWF World Championships and a silver medal in Commonwealth games in 2018. With so many silvers in her bag, she is making us believe how much women love silver. Just kidding!
Born in Vijayawada; Sindhu chose to play badminton; even though both her parents are volleyball players, with Pullela Gopichand being her inspiration. Many times, Gopichand has described Sindhu as a go-getter who has a never die spirit. What makes Parupalli even a greater player, is his attitude towards the game. Even when many of us would make excuses to travel a few kms each day; Sindhu traveled almost 56 Kms from home each morning only to be trained by Gopichand.
And her victory bag speaks of her hard work loud and clear.
This Indian professional badminton singles player has been a former world No 1. She got India gold in Commonwealth Games 2018 after defeating PV Sindhu. Saina has tasted sweet and sour of the Badminton world yet she remains dedicated to her game. What makes Saina stand out is that she takes criticism positively and believes in improving accordingly.
Nehwal lived in Hisar town of Haryana state in India for a few years early in her life but the family relocated to Hyderabad when she was still only a child and it was in the new city that she learned the tricks of the game form some of the best-known coaches in the game.
The left-handed badminton player is the most successful doubles specialist in the Country and has represented in the country at the International circuit for more than a decade. This fourteen-time national champion is also the first Indian player to qualify for 2 events in the Olympics.
The Hyderabad based has a large collection of medals in her kitty including bronze medal 2011 BWF World Championships in London, and a gold and silver at 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games, a bronze medal at the 2014 Thomas & Uber Cup, and many more.
Isn’t it surprising to read about all these players who have made our Country proud? Its all about dedication, Inspiration and proper training. Lets now focus on the best Badminton Academies in the City you can enroll in too.
Best Badminton Academies in Hyderabad
Being the Heart of Badminton in India, Hyderabad is the home to best Badminton academies. These are:
1.SAI Gopichand Badminton Academy
Founded by Arjuna and Padma Bhushan award winner Pullela Gopichand, SAI Gopichand Badminton Academy was known as Pullela Gopichand Badminton Foundation (PGBF) until it joined hands with Sports Authority of India (SAI) in 2015 to establish SAI Gopichand Badminton Academy.
The Academy comprises of 2 training facilities in form of 2 buildings.
The first building includes: 8 International badminton courts, a gym comprising of a well-equipped health club, a jacuzzi with a steam room, a yoga centre and meditation hall. The academy also includes a football field and a swimming pool. The academy provides accommodation facility for coaches. Students can also apply for accommodation facilities. For better stamina and improved fitness, the Academy offers physiotherapists and physical fitness trainers.
The second building has similar facilities and includes 9 International badminton courts.
Being one of the finest Badminton Academies in the Country, not just anyone can get admission here. Preference is always given to the Nationally ranked players. At the annual SAI selection trials, usually, there is a schedule for the various age groups, i.e.
- The top 20 national ranked players for the under-13 category.
- The top 10 national ranked players for the under-15 category.
- The top 5 national ranked players for the under-17 category.
- The top 5 national ranked players for the under-19 category.
Survey No.91, ISB Road, Near Central Government Staff Colony, Gachibowli, Hyderabad, Telangana 500032
2.Chetan Anand Badminton Academy
This Academy too finds its name in one of the top academies in the city as it is owned by four-time National badminton Champion and Arjuna award winner – Chetan Anand who was positioned at Rank 10 during his career until he dropped to Rank 54, following an injury.
Ganges Valley School in collaboration with Chetan Anand provides world class badminton coaching.
They have four world class and well-maintained courts. Changing rooms are available and they also have lady’s security guard present at all times. The place however doesn’t provide accommodation for students.
Two time slots are available each day:
Morning: 6:30am – 8:30am
Evening: 4:30pm – 7:30pm
Survey No-298, Nizampet – Bachupally road, GRIET College Campus Quthbullapur mandal, R.R dist 500090
3.The Bhaskar Babu Li Ning Academy
The one is a world-class indoor badminton stadium inaugurated by Pullela Gopichand. Setup by Bhaskar Babu, former Sports Authority of India badminton coach who first spotted talent very early in stars like Chetan Anand and Neelima Choudhary when he was working in Vijayawada and also coached London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal briefly.
The academy has 12 wooden courts, gym & spa, physiotherapy center, ice bath, swimming pool, running track, hostel facility for boarders, and a canteen catering to about 100 members at one time besides the 24 x 7 medical and security assistance wing.
The Academy gives direct admission to the talented in the age group of 6 to 9 years and then gives preference to medallists representing the State at national-level tournaments – totaling in all about 100 trainees.
Newly opened so the facilities are top-notch.
Marri Laxman Reddy Institute of Technology, Main Campus, Dundigal.
Did you know?
- battledore (bat or paddle) and the shuttlecock are the ancestors of Badminton and originated approximately 2200 years ago.
- Badminton was invented in India by British soldiers in 1870 and was called Poona.
- Badminton was brought over from India by English soldiers.
- Badminton was introduced in India by the Duke of Beaufort in 1873 at his country estate, Badminton, from which the game derives its name.
- Badminton became an Olympic Sport in 1992 at the games of the XXVth Olympiad in Barcelona.
- A badminton shuttle has 16 feathers.
- Feather birdies are only made from the left wing of a goose.
- The feathers can be any length between 64mm – 70mm, but in a single shuttle, they all must be equal.
- The tips of the feathers must form a circle between 58mm – 68mm. The first world badminton championship was held only in 1949.