Award Name : Arjuna Award
Year of Award : 2012
Award for : Sports and Games
Location : Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
Parupalli Kashyap is a badminton player from India. He trains at Gopichand Badminton Academy and is supported by Olympic Gold Quest, a not-for-profit foundation supporting Indian athletes. He was awarded the Arjuna Award by Government of India in 2012. He was born on 8 September 1986 in Hyderabad. His badminton career was jolted due to asthma trouble and everyone thought that that was the end of his sportsmanship. However, with firm determination, he got over that and continued in the game with proper medication. He joined Gopichand Academy and got his training under the coach Pullela Gopichand who was former All England Open Badminton Champion. He took part in the boys’ singles at the National Junior Open Badminton Championships representing the state of Andhra Pradesh in the year 2005 and won the match. From his age of 20, he started concentrating in the international tournaments. His ranking started improving very fast. He was continuously winning against the high ranked players and got a chance to play in the 2006 Asian Games.
He was able to win a gold medal in the 33rd National Games. He could shine up to the semifinals at the Dutch Open in 2008 and in the 2009 Senior National Badminton Championships. He also took part in the Singapore Super Series 2009, Spanish Open, Thailand International and Toulouse Open. He had to quit with semi-finals at the Indian Open Grand Prix 2010.