Prakash Padukone

Known as the ‘Gentle Tiger’ on court, Prakash Padukone, is the first Indian to reach the top of the World Badminton honours by winning the All England Championship in 1980. He won his first National Men’s singles at the Indian Nationals when he was only 15 years old (he also won the Juniors title at that Nationals) and went on to win it 9 years in a row from 1971 till 1979. 1980 was his best year, when he dominated the top European players, consistently beating Fleming Delfs, Morten Frost Hansen and Svend Pri (all All-England champions themselves), and won the Danish Open and the Swedish Open. Seeded third at the All-England, he beat Morten Frost in the semifinals and Liem Swie King in the finals in straight game thus becoming the first Indian to achieve this scintillating feat. 

Prakash Padukone is the driving force of PSM and is actively involved in the company. His vision to provide quality high performance coaching to individuals of all levels is at the core of everything that PSM has to offer. 

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Prakash Padukone's Thoughts

It is said that sport is the ultimate teacher. I often think of everything it has taught me: humility, persistence and focus being some of the lessons. During my many years of playing badminton at the highest level, I’ve learnt lessons on the court that have helped shape my life off the court. In this section, I will be sharing some of those lessons I learnt that I hope will help future generations as they navigate many of life’s challenges both on and off the court.

Focus

Always focus on the bigger picture

One of the important things sports teaches you is not to dispute the Umpire/Referee’s decision- whether fair or unfair.  During the course of a match, some decisions go in your favor and some against.  The key take away is to accept both the decisions with aplomb without arguing and without disputing irrespective of whether the motive is intentional or not.  This will enable you to focus on the bigger picture on hand which is to achieve victory each time you play.

On the other hand, if you start questioning, arguing, and debating with the Umpire’s doubtful decisions, you are likely to lose focus of the bigger picture.  In the end, you might win that point or argument but might go on to lose the match which is not worth it. 

This applies to daily life as well.  Always focus on the bigger picture of life without getting into controversies.

This is one of my learnings from sports. There are many such examples which sport teaches you which can be applied in daily life as well. Look out for more such learnings from my playing days here in my blog in the days to come. Take care and stay fit.

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