P. V. V. Lakshmi

P. V. V. Lakshmi is an 8 times Indian national champion[3] in badminton and represented India in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. She is also the wife of Pullela Gopichand.[4]

P. V. V. Lakshmi
Personal information
CountryIndia
BornVijayawada, Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh[1]
ResidenceHyderabad, Telangana, India
Height1.7 m (5 ft 7 in)[2]
HandednessRight

Gopichand Badminton AcademyEdit

P. V. V. Lakshmi, was very supportive of Gopichand during the formation of Gopichand Badminton Academy and even contributed to the effort of securing monetary support.[5] Despite other donations, Gopichand could only gather US$1.75 million. It was then they decided to mortgage his family home and raise the remaining money for the already delayed project. In 2008, the facility was eventually completed at the cost of $2.5 million.[6] Immediately after the construction, the Government of India sent the Commonwealth Games team to train at this facility. The government increased the daily rate they pay per player to $20 for this special Games camp. This was a big jump from the $5 daily fee per player that the government had previously paid for other training camps.[6]

In 2008, they appealed to Bollywood, the Hindi cinema industry to become badminton's brand ambassador. They felt that by having a popular cinema icon supporting the sport will help popularize it.[7]

Despite Saina Nehwal's success in international tournaments, Gopichand and Lakshmi found it hard to run the Academy. To run it at an optimal level, it requires $300,000 a year. As of 2010, he was making do with $100,000 to pay the training cost for 60 players and was holding off hiring more coaches.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

P. V. V. Lakshmi married fellow badminton player Gopichand on 5 June 2002.[8] They have two children, a daughter named Gayathri and a son named Vishnu. Her daughter Gayathri, who is the elder of the two siblings, won the 2015 U-13 National Badminton Champion. Her son Vishnu is currently training at Gopichand academy. After marriage, Gopichand concentrated on badminton academy and Lakshmi helped him. [9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-andhrapradesh/under-her-watchful-eye/article2773536.ece
  2. ^ "Pulella Gopichand". Sports Reference. Retrieved 6 March 2016.
  3. ^ Shridharan, J. r (4 January 2012). "Under her watchful eye". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  4. ^ Tagore, Vijay (22 August 2016). "PV Sindhu has a coach I didn't have, Pullela Gopichand's wife says". Times of India. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  5. ^ A., Joseph Antony (8 April 2004). "Master of multi-tasking". The Hindu. Retrieved 15 October 2010.
  6. ^ a b c Anand, Geeta (6 October 2010). "Badminton Academy Trains Saina but Still Struggles". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 15 October 2010.
  7. ^ "'Badminton needs Bollywood brand ambassadors'". The Indian Express. 3 October 2008. Archived from the original on 4 December 2008. Retrieved 15 October 2010.
  8. ^ "Gopichand to wed Lakshmi".
  9. ^ "Sindhu has a coach I didn't have - my husband - Times of India".