Citing the successful operations of the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI), former India badminton player Prakash Padukone has stated that the sports federations across the country should take cue from the BCCI on to how to popularise a sport in India. The All England Open champion also said that instead of criticizing the BCCI, the federation should follow its lead.
Speaking at the sidelines of an event, Padukone said, “Instead of criticising BCCI, the sports federation should follow them to spread their game.”
Emphasizing on the need for discipline, dedication, and determination, the 62-year-old said,” To become outstanding sportsperson one has to make a lot of sacrifices. It is very difficult to maintain a balance between games and academics. Therefore the players have to become an expert in time management also.”
“There was a time when only cricketers used to excel but now the situation has changed,” Padukone added.
Padukone, who bagged a bronze at the 1983 World Championship, also said that badminton in India is going through an upward curve and complimented the inclusion of big names in the ongoing senior nationals tournament. “It is a great to see the big stars compete in the Senior Nationals. This gives not only a huge fillip to the young talent but also helps organisers bag sponsorships,”, he said.