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Date of birth: 25.5.1968

6 times national men's doubles champion
4 times national mixed doubles champion
Played for India from 1989 to 2000
Career best world ranking in men's doubles is 28

Coach at PPBA from 1995
Former Kerala state player


Deckline Leitao CSCS, NASM-PES, CPT

DecklineLeitao CSCS, NASM-PES, CPT has been attached with PPBA since 2010. He has completed his sport science education in South Africa and the UK, while also working extensively with his brother Dr. James Leitao FRCS (SA) consultant orthopaedic surgeon practicing in London.

Deckline’s specializations include speed and power training alongwith postural corrections. He firmly believes that Indian sportspersons need a very specific approach to fitness conditioning due to their unique cultural, nutritional and physical profile.

His passions include kickboxing, reading, strength training, cooking and long rides on his Royal Enfield.

Ms. Hufrish Nariman

Chief Coach at the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy, Mumbai Centre, CCI, since May 2009

Ranked India No. I, India No. 2 & India No. 3 for 2 Years each
Appointed on the Panel of National Coaches of the Badminton Assn. of India
from 1998 to 2006, & nominated Coach of some of the Junior & Senior
Indian Teams at the Asian & World Badminton Championships.
Recipient of Maharashtra Shiv Chhatrapati Award in 1979 for Excellence in Sports & Games


Ms. Pooja Kohli

Assistant coach at the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy in Mumbai
Represented Chandigarh and Maharashtra at sub-junior, junior and senior
at District, State and National level tournaments
Been coaching Badminton with Ms. Hufrish Nariman at various centers from 1995


Former Coaches

  Anil Modak


Associated as a coach with Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy (Pune Centre) since its inception in 1999.

Visited Malaysia on behalf of the Padukone Academy, as a Supervising Coach with
6 of the promising young players for one month in 2005, at the Malaysian Badminton Academy (KL).
Executive Committee Member of Pune District Badminton Association for
last 25 years during the period 1975 to 2007.

Working as a BADMINTON COACH since the year 1982.
Was the CHIEF COACH of Pune Dist. Badminton Association's Coaching
Scheme during the period 1989 to 1993
RECEIVED "BEST COACH AWARD" from Pune Municipal Corporation in the year 1999.

Hemant Hardikar

Associated as a coach with Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy (Pune Centre) since its inception in 1999.

Represented Maharashtra in various Junior and Senior events in Inter-state and Open national Championships between 1983 to 2001.
Member of Maharashtra Jr. and Sr.Teams that won Inter-state team championships.
Participated in Singapore Open, Indonesian Open, German Open, Dutch Open, Indo-USSR test matches.

B.P. Bam

Has been working with the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy at Bangalore as the official sports psychologist and motivator.

B. P. Bam is the founder of the Purushottam Academy, established for the promotion of excellence in all fields. Having studied sports psychology and yoga as a hobby for the last 30 years, he has conducted workshops for Ranji Trophy teams, and also for umpires on special request from the BCCI. A large number of Sportspersons in India have immensely benefited from his guidance in mental training.


Vinod Kumar

Physical Trainer
Date of birth: 22.09.1983

Certified ISSA (Specialist in Sports Conditioning)
Decathlon All India Inter University Medalist

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