This is how champ-churning ‘Gopichand Badminton Academy’ took birth

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New Delhi, Aug 21 (ANI): Pullela Gopichand- born on November 16, 1973, in Nagandla village of Andhra Pradesh’s Prakasam district, he is the Chief National Coach for the Indian Badminton team and the founder of the Gopichand Badminton Academy. To name some phenomenal shuttlers that his academy has produced, it would be Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth, PV Sindhu and Parupalli Kashyap. As a little boy Gopichand used to play cricket and took up badminton at the age of 11 on the encouragement from his elder brother. Even then, he played the sport only recreationally for some time before participating in competitions. An emerging talent in badminton, he served as the captain of the Indian combined universities badminton team in 1990 and 1991. In 1991, he was also selected for his state’s junior badminton team. He won the junior national championship at age 18. Realising the importance of receiving professional training, he moved to Bangalore now, Bengaluru where he was accepted into the Prakash Padukone badminton academy run by the legendary badminton player. Gopichand was off to a good start but a series of knee injuries in the mid-1990s threatened to end his career. He made a remarkable comeback to win his first National Badminton Championship title in 1996, and went on to win the tit

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