India’s greatest badminton player ever, Prakash Padukone, leads some of the biggest-ever names in the sport including Dinesh Khanna, P. Gopi Chand, P. V. Sindhu and U. Vimal Kumar in recommending yesteryear star shuttler Pradeep Gandhe for the 2020 Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award.

In separate letters of appreciation, all of them as well as London Olympics quarterfinalist P. Kashyap felt that Gandhe “truly deserves” the award in recognition of his outstanding contribution as a player, coach and official in the Badminton Association of India (BAI) in different capacities.

“I felt honoured when these wonderful champions wrote appreciation letters for me,” says Gandhe, who was a contemporary of the likes of Prakash and Syed Modi, even holding his own in men’s singles and doubles events.

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