Next to cricketers, shuttlers from India have been hogging the limelight in the last decade or so which is evident by a cursory look at the National Sports Awards 2020.

For the first time in history, badminton has bagged six awards in the National Awards.

That some of the old-timers like Pradeep Gandhe, two-time bronze medallist in the 1982 Asian Games and former India coach, was among winners of the Dhyanchand Award for lifetime achievement (among those who recommended his name include the legendary Prakash Padukone, world champion P.V. Sindhu, chief national coach P. Gopi Chand), was also a gentle reminder that those who have stopped playing the sport long back still stay connected with it for he holds a position in the Badminton Association of India.

In fact, Gandhe was a contemporary of Padukone and Syed Modi when they dominated Indian badminton scene.

So is the recognition of…

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