Legendary Indian badminton player Prakash Padukone tested positive for COVID-19 and is recovering from the infection at a hospital in Bengaluru.
The 65-year-old man, the first Indian to win the prestigious All England Championships title in 1980, is likely to be released later this week.
“About 10 days ago, Prakash, his wife (Ujala) and second daughter (Anisha) developed symptoms and were tested, and the results were positive,” said Vimal Kumar, a close friend of the legendary shuttle and director of the Badminton Academy. Prakash Padukone (PPBA) told PTI.
“They isolated themselves, but after a week Prakash’s fever did not subside, so he was admitted to a hospital here in Bengaluru last Saturday.
“He is fine now. All his parameters are fine, his wife and daughter are at home and he will also be discharged in 2-3 days,” he added.
One of the most revered figures in world badminton, Paducone has emerged as a role model for Indian sports during his playing days in the 70s and 80s.
Paducone was also the first Indian to win a World Cup medal after winning bronze in the 1983 edition.
He was also the first Indian to rank first in the world after achieving the feat in 1980 after winning the title back to back at the Danish Open, the All-England Championship and the Swedish Open.
After retiring in 1991, Paducone served as chairman of the Indian Badminton Association (BAI). He was also the coach of the Indian team from 1993 to 1996.