Mumbai, August 23
Set to be conferred with the distinguished Dhyan Chand award, former India shuttler and coach Pradeep Gandhe stated he by no means aspired for awards however expressed gratitude that his contribution to the game has been recognised.
Gandhe served as a former India coach and likewise was a double-bronze medallist on the 1982 Asian Games in New Delhi. With Leroy D’souza, Gandhe clinched the bronze medal within the doubles class.
“I feel honoured but I think more than it, the award is recognition of my contribution to the sport as a player, coach and later as an administrator,” Gandhe, who additionally served as an office-bearer of Maharashtra Badminton Association and Badminton Association of India, instructed PTI.
“I never did any work while aspiring for any award, but now there is a sense of gratitude that my work has been recognised by the government,” stated Gandhe, who’s a recent of legendary Prakash Padukone, Syed Modi and Partho Ganguly.
“The support of my family has been immense throughout my journey, especially that of my wife since my main career started after marriage.” For the primary time, six individuals can be conferred with the nationwide award in badminton. Besides Gandhe, Indian males’s doubles pair of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, coach Gaurav Khanna, who has been the explanation behind the meteoric rise of Indian para-badminton, has been chosen for the Dronacharya Award (common class).
Also, Trupti Murgunde and Satyaprakash Tiwari can be given the Dhyan Chand Award.
Gandhe stated he was one of many brains behind the Premier Badminton League.
“After my playing career, as a corporate person, I have travelled to different countries and to each country I went, I used to take a look at the badminton or the sporting facilities there and how we can incorporate that into our country,” he stated.
Gandhe had received a gold medal within the doubles class in 1978 nationwide Championship partnering Sanjay Sharma. Then he received one other gold in 1982 nationals, partnering Uday Pawar after which received the blended doubles gold in 1984 with Ami Ghiya.
“We were a sports-loving family. My late father was a recipient of Shiv Chhatrapati award for his life long contribution to Kabaddi, Kho Kho and as a great player 75 years back and also an able administrator,” he stated.
“I was always supported by my elder brother Ravindra Gandhe and eldest sister Jayashree Pendharkar, who is the mother-in-law of former India captain Rahul Dravid, and my employers the Shroff family.” He can be conferred with the award in a digital ceremony on August 29, the National Sports Day. –PTI