Jwala Gutta slams Pullela Gopichand for claims made on Padukone
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Jwala Gutta slams Pullela Gopichand for claims made on Padukone

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Jwala Gutta slammed Pullela Gopichand for criticising Prakash Padukone saying Gopichand himself was a disciple of Padukone once.

Pullela Gopichand made a critical remark on Padukone in his upcoming book 'Dreams of a Billion: India and the Olympic Games', revealing an inside story from the "national camp" in 1999. Pullela Gopichand wrote in a chapter titled 'Bitter Rivalry' in his book that Prakash Padukone encouraged Saina Nehwal to leave his academy in Hyderabad. He also claimed that legendary Prakash Padukone "never had anything positive to say about him".

To which Jwala Gutta gave a strong reply on Twitter saying: "The person (Gopichand) who's crying foul himself left Hyderabad to train under Prakash sir. Wonder why no one is asking this question!" Gutta said on Twitter.

The Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy (PPBA) stated on Tuesday that it had no role in Saina Nehwal shifting from Gopichand Academy in Hyderabad to Bengaluru ahead of the Rio Olympics.

Jwala Gutta, India's 2011 World Championships bronze medallist shuttler, has recently opened an academy in Hyderabad. Gopichand, who won the prestigious All England Open Badminton Championships in 2001, stated how miserable he felt when Saina decided to join Padukone's academy to train under Vimal Kumar in Bengaluru after the 2014 World Championship.

Gopichand also said he felt hurt that Padukone, Vimal and Olympic Gold Quest (OGQ) official Viren Rasquinha "encouraged Saina to leave Hyderabad". Gopichand himself had trained under Padukone. Gopichand was only the second Indian after Prakash Padukone to win All England Open badminton championships.

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