Monday, January 17, 2011

P Kashyap

Parupalli Kashyap, better known as P.Kashyap is one of India's finest badminton players of today. He is currently ranked No.25 in the world, and is the highest ranked Indian badminton player in the mens' singles category.

P. Kashyap in Action
(Photo credit: G.Krishnaswamy from
 P.Kashyap made an entry into the badminton world at the age of 11, when he first enrolled in a training camp being conducted by S.Mohd.Arif in Hyderabad.

Kashyap's father had a transferrable job, and hence later after he shifted with his family to Bangalore, Kashyap joined the Prakash Padukone badminton academy there. The Kashyap family stayed at Bangalore from 2000 to 2003.

While in Bangalore, Kashyap developed breathing troubles, and was often sick when at tournaments. The gravity of the situation was realized only when the family shifted back to Hyderabad again, and a series of tests confirmed asthmatic conditions, that threatened to put to an end his career in badminton. It was a tough time for Kashyap.

However after being diagnosed for Asthma, and with proper medication started, Kashyap started improving, and began to eat well & got back his health. Meanwhile Kashyap's badminton skills also kept on improving under the guidance of Pullela Gopichand.

True, a couple of things changed forever. Breathalyzers (inhalers) got added to his badminton kit to handle emergencies, and he needs to take a TUE certificate (Therapuetic Use Exemption) certificate from WADA every year, by undergoing tests & producing medical certificates, which is a tedious process.

But the good part is he can play badminton, and not only can he play, he can also compete against the best badminton players in the world at the highest levels.

P.Kashyap Fact File:

Birth Date: 8th Sep 1986
He is from: Hyderabad
He trains at: Pullela Gopichand Academy in Hyderabad
His current world ranking is: 25
Highest ever world ranking achieved: 23

Most Notable Achievements

P Kashyap won the Indian National Junior Badminton Championship in 2005

Parupalli Kashyap was a Gold Medallist at the 2008 National Games
Kashyap reached the semi-finals of the Dutch Open

Kashyap was a runner-up at the Senior National Badminton Championship.
He reached the last 8 (quarterfinals) of the Asian Badminton Championship held at South Korea
Kashyap won Silver medals in 3 events, the Thailand International, Toulose Open, and the Spanish Open.

Kashyap then won an individual bronze medal & another silver medal in the badminton team event at the 2010 Commonwealth Games at New Delhi.
Kashyap was a Semi-finalist at the Singapore Open Super Series badminton tourney.
Kashyap was a Bronze medallist at the India Open Grand Prix, held at Hyderabad



  1. Hi Kashyap
    I am proud that we owns a finest quality player like you. Just now I have seen your inspiring story on news channel about your fight with odds.
    Your story gives a boost to people struggling with this ailment. On personal front I have been through this problem from past ten years and has evolved with it. A proper mind set and determination ( as mentioned by you ) has helped me to come out of it. You are a success and I wish you good luck for your future. Keep on inspiring us.
    Abhishek Sharma

  2. I am a new badminton player .I am good player . Your story is great and i wish u also win and become famous .

  3. Good luck to you Mr.Kashyap while you play in Stockholm,Sweden Tournaments. We will be there on field to cheer up.
    I saw you while you practice in Kista Rocket Center .
    Good Luck.


  4. I just luvd the way you played at london olympics..we Indians r so proud of u. Afcourse we've got our next badminton hero in u(after Gopi sir)..