India’s chief national badminton coach Pulella Gopichand was bestowed an honorary doctorate by IIT Kanpur.
On the occasion of 52nd Convocation, the coach extraordinaire, P Gopichand along with Infosys Chairperson Sudha Murthy and missile woman Tessy Thomas received this honour from former chairman of ISRO and Chairman of board of Governors of IIT Kanpur, Prof K Radhakrishnan.
They joined the elite list of receipents in former President of India, Prof APJ Abdul Kalam and former Prime Minister Mr Manmohan Singh as the recipients of this prestigious award.
Gopichand, as a player, won the 2001 All England Open Badminton Championship. He became the second Indian after Prakash Padukone to achieve this feat. Post retirement, the Hyderabad-based shuttler started his own badminton academy Gopichand Badminton Academy in 2008.
Many top Indian players including the likes of Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, Srikanth Kidambi, Parupalli Kashyap etc. have been trained at Pullela Gopichand’s academy in Hyderabad.