Chief national badminton coach and a legend for the sports in his own rights, Pullela Gopichand has been bestowed upon an honorary doctorate by the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.
The 2001 All-England Open champion was honoured on the occasion of the 52nd convocation of ITT Kanpur yesterday (Friday).
The coach extraordinaire along with Infosys Chairperson Sudha Murthy and missile woman Tessy Thomas received this honour from former ISRO chairman Professor K Radhakrishnan, who is the chairman of board of Governors of IIT Kanpur.
Gopichand with this honour joins the illustrious list of former President of India Prof APJ Abdul Kalam and former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh as the honorary doctorates from the IIT Kanpur.
For his illustrious service to badminton first as a player and then as a coach, Gopichand has also been bestowed with State honours like the Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian award, Padmashree, besides top sports honours – Arjuna Award and Daronacharya Awards.
As a coach, Gopichand is credited with giving the nation badminton stars like Saina Nehwal, P. V. Sindhu, Parupalli Kashyap, Srikanth Kidambi, Arundhati Pantawane, Gurusai Datt and Arun Vishnu.
Saina, under Gopichand’s guidance has win the bronze medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics, and four years later Sindhu returned with the silver from the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.