Hyderabad's Newsmaker Of the Year-2001
Indian to win the All England Championship was the most notable
Newsmaker from Hyderabad in 2001"
been regularly featuring many a newsmakers from Hyderabad making news in
their own way from all parts of the world. Some of the major newsmakers
from Hyderabad were VVS Laxman who Scored
the highest runs in Indian Test history, Dr.Anji
featured by Forbes
on its cover as the 'Face of the new Indian Pharmaceutical
Bollywood's Most Gorgeous Actress from Hyderabad who
made waves with 'Chandni Bar', Nagesh
Kukunoor whose 'Bollywood Calling' ran to packed houses in
all the metros, Prince Mukkaram Jah,The
grandson of the last Nizam Of Hyderabad was on a visit to
the City,Ms Diya
Mirza,City beauty hit the
silver screen with 'RHTDM',Sania
Mirza, the youngest ever Indian to be playing
in a Junior Grand Slam event,Dr.Sharadkumar
alumni of Nizam College, the fastest Plastic surgeon in the world"
Seshachari and D. Raghavachari
who have had the distinction of being one of the most popular
vocal duos in Carnatic music today.
efforts of these Hyderabadi's are indeed commendable, yet it was
the efforts of Gopi Chand that really made a big mark to Indian
sports.The biggest title in the
game of Badminton was clinched by Hyderabad's Pullela Gopichand at
the All England Badminton Championship at Birmingham in March 2001. He made a
comprehensive victory of 15-12,15-6 over China's Chen Hong and become
the second Indian after Prakash Padukone to win the coveted title. Such
has been the domination of Gopichand that he did not lose even a single
game in the All England tourney.
is a story of sheer hard work & determination"
( Gopi's classmate at St.Pauls
High School recollects his obsession with the game).
Hyderabad,March'2001: When the 1988 batch of St. Paul's High School passed out, hoping to make a mark
somewhere, young Gopichand was the only lad who had already made a mark in the Badminton
His is indeed a story of sheer hard work, single-mindedness and pure determination for the game of
Badminton. All these traits were seen in him when he was in the 5th standard
itself. That means Gopi's skill at Badminton was the talk of the school when he was hardly around 10 years
old. Probably his interest in Badminton might have been rooted much before that.
(Gopichand receiving the Arjuna Award
by the President of India. Interestingly, no badminton player had been
recommended for this coveted award for more than a decade.)
The entire school used to go to the indoor stadium at Fateh Maidan to watch Gopi's
game. The Inter school Montford Games brought him into the competitive league. It
is commendable that Gopichand has sustained his interest in the game
which has finally given him rich
dividends by winning the coveted All England championship-a dream come true for any Indian sports man.
During the last Olympic Games when Gopi was hailed as India's best bet for an Olympic
Gold, Hyderabad was eagerly awaiting for the birth of a
legend. It was a big blow when Gopi crashed in the pre-quarters. Nevertheless Gopi had this tendency to come back in style and now he has
overcome the Olympic debacle with a bang by winning the All England Championship for India,21 years after Prakash Padukone won it for
India. It is the biggest moment for a Hyderabadi sportsman in recent times.
When Gopi landed up in the city with the coveted trophy, it was one of the biggest reception for any Hyderabadi sportsman and all the way till his flat in Himayatnagar
'the shuttle called Gopi was in the air'
What a moment for Indian sports.
reception for Gopi Chand in City:75 lakhs state gifts bonanza
Date of Birth: 16/11/1973,
Height : 6 ft,
Weight : 71.4 Kg, Status : Trainee PPBA,
Employer : Indian Oil Corporation,
Badminton : Singles-Right-handed, Category :