Indian badminton legend Prakash Padukone recovering from COVID-19 in hospital

Prakash Padukone’s wife and daughter also tested positive for the novel coronavirus and are currently in isolation at home.

By Ubaid Parkar

Former Indian badminton player Prakash Padukone tested positive for COVID-19 last week and has been recovering in a hospital in Bengaluru since Saturday.

Prakash Padukone’s wife Ujjala and younger daughter Anisha also tested positive and have been in isolation at home. Padukone’s elder daughter, Deepika, is a top Bollywood actress.

However, Prakash Padukone had to be admitted to hospital as he had high fever, which refused to come down.

The 65-year-old former All-England champion, however, is expected to be discharged later this week.

"He is okay now. All his parameters are fine,” former shuttler and director at the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy, Vimal Kumar told PTI.

Prakash Padukone is the first Indian to win the prestigious All England Championships title in 1980.

A former world No. 1, Prakash Padukone is also the first Indian to win a medal at the World Championships. He won a bronze in 1983.

He is also a Commonwealth Games gold-medallist and a multiple-time national champion. Prakash was also the coach of the Indian badminton team in the nineties.

Several Indian athletes have tested positive for the novel coronavirus since last month. Tokyo-bound athletes Priyanka Goswami, Avinash Sable, Simranjit Kaur and seven members of the Indian women’s hockey team were among those infected.

India is currently reeling under the second wave of COVID-19 with cases crossing the 300,000 mark daily since April 24.

The crisis even forced the latest edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) to be suspended after the T20 tournament’s bio bubble burst with several players and staff members testing positive for the virus.