Former India shuttler and coach Pradeep Gandhe, who is set to be conferred with the prestigious Dhyan Chand award, is grateful that his contribution to the sport has been recognised.

Gandhe served as the national badminton coach and was also was a double-bronze medallist at the 1982 Asian Games in New Delhi. With Leroy D’souza, Gandhe clinched the bronze medal in the doubles category.

“I feel honoured, but I think more than it the award is recognition of my contribution to the sport as a player, coach and later as an administrator,” Gandhe, who also served as an office-bearer of Maharashtra Badminton Association and Badminton Association of India, told PTI.

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