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Dr. Akhilesh Das Gupta is flanked by Women’s Singles stars at the launch press conference for the YONEX-SUNRISE India Open 2017. From left P.V. Sindhu (India), Carolina Marin (Spain) and Saina Nehwal (India).
Badminton world mourns India’s Dr. Gupta

13 Apr 2017
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, April 12, 2017: The Badminton World Federation is shocked and saddened by the death of Dr. Akhilesh Das Gupta in Lucknow, India, earlier today. A BWF Council member since 2013, Dr. Gupta was also President of the Badminton Association of India and Vice President of Badminton Asia at the time of his sudden passing.

Reacting to the news, BWF President Poul-Erik H?yer paid tribute to his colleague, noting Dr. Gupta’s passion for badminton as well as his determination to develop the sport further in India. “Having been an international badminton player himself, Dr. Gupta’s influence on badminton when he became President of BAI has seen positive results in the sport in India,” said Hoyer in a letter of condolence to the BAI.

“Certainly, one of the highlights during his tenure as President has to be the unprecedented boom in the level of interest in badminton as a sport and the enhanced pathway for the development of India’s most talented players.

“This was seen with the recent achievement at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games where India proved worthy of a place in the showpiece event when P.V. Sindhu did her country proud, winning the silver medal in the Women’s Singles final. It is noteworthy that, during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, badminton recorded the highest television figures in India for an Olympic sport.”

At the time of his passing, Dr. Gupta was preparing to vie for a second successive term on the BWF Council and would have been standing in the election next month in Gold Coast, Australia. 

In his lifetime, Dr. Gupta wore many hats – he was a Member of Parliament, an educationist, industrialist, publisher and sports administrator. As a former badminton player for India between 1977 and 1983, he had first-hand experience of international badminton, which helped him in his administrative efforts when he took over as president of BAI in 2011.
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