U. Vimal Kumar

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U. Vimal Kumar is a badminton player from Kerala, India. He won the Indian National title consecutively for two years, 1988 and 1989.[1] He also served as Chief National Coach of India.[2]


During his career he won prestigious French Open in 1983 & 1984 and Welsh International Open in 1988 & 1991. Vimal also represented India at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992, and was ranked within the top 20 in the world. He was the National chief coach of the Indian badminton squad for several years. He quit the post in 2006 to concentrate on coaching youngsters at the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy, where he is the director.[3] Now, he is currently coaching star player Saina Nehwal in Bangalore.He also coaches Parupalli Kashyap. Malayalam film actor Kalidas Jayaram is his nephew.


  1. ^ Men's Singles National Champions
  2. ^ "Top shuttlers lack drive, says coach". The Tribune. 13 August 2003. Retrieved 10 February 2009.
  3. ^ "Vimal Kumar quits". The Hindu. 25 April 2006. Retrieved 10 February 2009.

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