In London 2012, Saina Nehwal shook the world by clinching a bronze medal at the Olympics.
In Rio 2016, it’s PV Sindhu who has created history by winning the silver medal at Rio Olympics.
A major chunk of credit behind their success goes to Pullela Gopichand, the Chief National Coach of the Indian badminton team.
Gopichand won the bronze medal at the 1998 commonwealth games.
He is the winner of the prestigious All England Open Badminton Championship of 2001.
He became the second Indian to win the title after Prakash Padukone.
He was trained by Prakash Padukone himself.
Now the legacy continues as he trains the current and the future champion shuttlers.
After achieving his career best ranking of 5 in 2001, he retired to groom the upcoming champions.
But the road to building his dream champions was not so easy in this cricket-obsessed country.
He had to mortgage his family home to start the ‘Gopichand Badminton Academy’ in 2008.
And since then, his academy has produced several badminton champions.
Can India make badminton popular to help him produce more world-class shuttlers?