Letter From Hyderabad

The stellar rise of Indian badminton

India's PV Sindhu clinched a silver at the 2016 Olympics and a bronze in the 2020 Olympics, among several other global wins. PHOTO: PREMIER BADMINTON LEAGUE
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HYDERABAD – A quiet, suburban road leads to the entrance of the Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy on the outskirts of Hyderabad in southern India.

The academy, which has earned a reputation as a maker of champions, is bustling with activity. Some athletes train in the gym, prepping for a gruelling tournament season, while others practise their smashes in the rows of indoor courts. Outside the facility, construction of a brand new athletic track is under way.

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