Asian Games India Badminton Stars : Since its debut as a demonstration sport at the 1958 Tokyo Asian Games, badminton has held a prestigious place in the hearts of enthusiasts. Officially recognized as a competitive sport in 1962, it has steadily risen in popularity. As we eagerly anticipate the Asian Games 2023, scheduled from September 28 to October 7 for badminton at the Binjiang Gymnasium in Hangzhou, China, let’s embark on a journey through the illustrious history of badminton at this prestigious event.
India’s aspirations for the coveted gold medal burn brightly, with a total of 10 medals already in their possession, including a silver earned by PV Sindhu in 2018. Leroy D’sa holds a unique distinction as India’s sole badminton player to secure four medals, three of which were clinched in a single Asiad during the 1982 New Delhi Games. Legends like Prakash Padukone and Syed Modi have also left an indelible mark on the podium in the past.
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Badminton at the Asian Games has been witness to remarkable achievements and unforgettable moments. Join us as we celebrate the Indian badminton stars who have graced the podium with their medals.
Medal-Winning Asian Games India Badminton Stars :
Men’s Team (1974, 1982, 1986)
- In the 1974 Tehran Asian Games, India secured its first-ever Asiad medal in the men’s team event. The team comprised illustrious names such as Prakash Padukone, Dinesh Khanna, Partho Ganguli, Raman Ghosh, and Davinder Ahuja.
- India added a second bronze medal to its tally in the men’s team event at the 1982 New Delhi Asian Games. Syed Modi, Leroy D’sa, Pradeep Gandhe, Partho Ganguli, Uday Pawar, and Vikram Singh formed the victorious squad.
- The tradition continued at the 1986 Seoul Asian Games when India once again clinched a bronze in the men’s team event. The team featured Prakash Padukone, Syed Modi, Vimal Kumar, Ravi Kunte, Uday Pawar, Sanat Mishra, and Leroy D’sa.
PV Sindhu – Women’s Singles (2018)
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- PV Sindhu etched her name in history as the only Indian shuttler to secure silver in this multi-nation event. Her valiant efforts in 2018 saw her finish as the runner-up, facing off against the then World No. 1, Tai Tzu Ying from Chinese Taipei.
- Sindhu’s maiden Asiad appearance in 2014 resulted in a bronze medal in the women’s team event.
Women’s Team (1982, 2014)
- The women’s team achieved a significant milestone in the 1982 New Delhi Games by clinching India’s first medal in the women’s category—a bronze. The triumphant team included Vandana Chiplunkar, Ami Ghia, Madhumita Goswami, Amita Kulkarni, Hufrish Nariman, and Kanwal Thakkar Singh.
- In the 2014 Incheon Games, a young team comprising Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, Ashwini Ponappa, Sikki Reddy, PC Thulasi, Tanvi Lad, and Pradnya Gadre secured a bronze medal. That year turned out to be doubly successful as the team also claimed bronze in the Uber Cup.
Syed Modi – Men’s Singles (1982)
- The year 1982 marked Syed Modi’s historic achievement as he secured India’s first-ever medal in the men’s singles discipline at the Asiad. In the same event, he also won bronze as part of the men’s team.
Leroy D’sa/ Pradeep Gandhe – Men’s Doubles (1982)
- In the 1982 Games, the formidable duo of Leroy D’sa and Pradeep Gandhe captured India’s sole men’s doubles medal.
Saina Nehwal – Women’s Singles (2018)
- Former World No. 1, Saina Nehwal, clinched a bronze medal in women’s singles at the 2018 Asian Games, facing the eventual gold medalist, Tai Tzu Ying. She also secured a bronze in the women’s team event at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games.
Leroy D’sa/ Kanwal Thakkar Singh – Mixed Doubles (1982)
- Leroy D’sa continued his medal spree in the 1982 Asiads, winning bronze in the mixed doubles event alongside Kanwal Thakkar Singh.
As India sets its sights on achieving more gold and glory in badminton at the Asian Games 2023, let us celebrate the remarkable achievements of these athletes who have left an indelible mark in the sport’s history on this grand stage.
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