Kashyap Parupalli
Country India
Date of Birth 1986-09-08
Age 31 years
Birth Place India
Major Teams India
Playing Details Singles,Team


Hobbies     Playing poker, singing, football. (BWF, 2014; firstpost.com, 29 Aug 2013; olympicgoldquest.in, 01 Aug 2013)

Occupation     Athlete

Higher education     Commerce

Languages Spoken     English, Hindi, Telugu

Coach     Pullela Gopichand [national] (IND) (ibnlive.in.com, 30 Mar 2014)

Plays     Right (BWF, 2014)

International debut     2005 for India, Asian Championships (Hyderabad) (BWF, 2014)

Injuries     In December 2013 he suffered a partial dislocation of his left shoulder. The injury continued to trouble him in early 2014, requiring to be heavily strapped for matches.

In October 2013 he suffered an eye injury prior to the Denmark Open. n August 2013 he sprained his ankle playing in the Indian Badminton League [IBL]. The injury kept him out of competitive action for a month.

Start of sporting career
He began playing badminton at age 11 in Hyderabad, India. (BWF, 2014; blogs.wsj.com, 10 Jul 2012)

Reason for taking up this sport
He played badminton recreationally at a summer camp. (BWF, 2014)

He trains six times per week. (BWF, 2014)

Most memorable sporting achievement
Reaching the quarterfinal of the 2012 Olympic Games in London, winning a mixed team silver medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India.

Indian badminton player Pullela Gopichand, Swiss tennis player Roger Federer, Argentinian footballer Lionel Messi. (olympicgoldquest.in, 01 Aug 2013; thehindu.com, 05 May 2012)

Most influential person in career
His parents and coach Pullela Gopichand. (mid-day.com, 08 Aug 2014)

Sporting philosophy / motto
"Life is on the wire, the rest is just waiting." (Facebook profile, 04 Jun 2012)

In 2012 he received the Arjuna Award in recognition of his outstanding achievements in badminton. (sports.ndtv.com, 29 Aug 2012)

By winning gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, he ended India's 32-year wait for a Commonwealth gold medal in the men's badminton event. India's previous gold in the event had come from Syed Modi at the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane, QLD, Australia. (firstpost.com, 06 Aug 2014)

He suffers from asthma and every year he must obtain a Therapeutic Use Exemption [TUE] certificate from the World Anti-Doping Agency [WADA]. "It is a tedious process. I have to undergo tests and produce medical certificates. It's tough but I have no option. I have to live with asthma for the rest of my life." (timesofindia.indiatimes.com, 04 Oct 2010; dnaindia.com, 03 Aug 2009)

In 2012 he became the first Indian male badminton player to reach the quarterfinals at the Olympic Games. (olympicgoldquest.in, 01 Aug 2013)