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Badminton great Prakash Padukone tests positive for Covid-19, undergoing treatment at Bengaluru hospital

IPL 2021: Legendary badminton player Prakash Padukone was admitted to a Bengaluru hospital on Saturday for Covid-19 treatment. The former shuttle along with his wife and second daughter tested positive for the virus.

Prakash Padukone likely to be discharged from Bengaluru hospital later this week (Reuters Photo)Prakash Padukone likely to be discharged from Bengaluru hospital later this week (Reuters Photo)

Prakash Padukone likely to be discharged from Bengaluru hospital later this week (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Prakash Padukone along with his wife and 2nd daughter tested Covid-19 positive
  • Padukone was admitted to a Bengaluru hospital on Saturday
  • He is recovering well and is likely to be discharged by the end of the week

Legendary badminton player Prakash Padukone was admitted to a hospital in Bengaluru after he tested positive for Covid-19. Padukone along with his wife and second daughter (Anisha) tested positive for the virus but the former badminton player needed hospitalisation after a prolonged fever.

Prakash Padukone, 65, is likely to be discharged this week and is recovering well from Covid-19, according to badminton coach Vimal Kumar, who is also the Director of the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy in Bengaluru.

“Around 10 days back, Prakash, his wife (Ujjala) and second daughter (Anisha), they developed symptoms and got themselves tested and the results came out to be positive,” Vimal Kumar told the Press Trust of India.

“They got themselves isolated but after a week Prakash’s fever didn’t come down, so last Saturday, he was admitted to a hospital here in Bengaluru. He is okay now. All his parameters are fine, his wife and daughter are at home and he too will be hopefully discharged in 2-3 days,” he added.

One of the most revered figures in world badminton, Padukone had emerged as a role model of Indian sports during his playing days in the 1970s and 1980s. Padukone was the first Indian to win the All England Championship title and the first from the country win a medal at the World Championships after clinching a bronze in the 1983 edition.

He was also the first Indian to be ranked world number one after achieving the feat in 1980 following back-to-back title wins at the Denmark Open, All England Championships and Swedish Open.

Following his retirement in 1991, Padukone served as the chairman of Badminton Association of India (BAI). He was also the coach of the Indian team from 1993 to 1996.

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