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P. V. Sindhu

Pusarla Venkata Sindhu is an Indian professional badminton player. By winning the gold medal at the 2019 World Championships, Sindhu became the first Indian ever to become a world champion in badminton. Having made her international debut in 2009, she rose to a career high ranking of no. 2 in April 2017. Over the course of her career, Sindhu has won medals at numerous tournaments on the BWF circuit, including a silver medal at the 2016 Olympics which made her the first Indian woman to win an Olympic silver medal as well as the first Indian to reach the Olympic final in badminton.


Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo

Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo is an Indonesian badminton player. He is a doubles specialist from PB Djarum, a badminton club in Kudus, Central Java and has joined the club since 2007. He won the 2017 All England Open Superseries Premier with his current partner, Marcus Fernaldi Gideon. He and Gideon were awarded the 2017 BWF Best Male Players of the Year award after collecting seven Superseries titles in a year.


Sudheer Babu

Sudheer Babu is an Indian film actor and former professional Badminton player. He primarily works in the Telugu film industry. Sudheer made his debut as a hero in the Telugu film industry with the film Shiva Manasulo Shruti. He is well known for his roles in Prema Katha Chitram and in Baaghi, where he played the antagonist in the latter. He launched his new home banner "Sudheer Babu Productions" recently.


Prakash Padukone

Prakash Padukone is a former Indian badminton player. He was ranked World No. 1 in 1980, the same year he became the first Indian to win the All England Open Badminton Championships. He was awarded the Arjuna award in 1972 and the Padma Shri in 1982 by the Government of India. He is one of the co-founders of Olympic Gold Quest, a foundation dedicated to the promotion of Olympic sports in India.


Lee Chong Wei

Datuk Lee Chong Wei is a retired Malaysian professional badminton player. As a singles player, Lee was ranked first worldwide for 199 consecutive weeks from 21 August 2008 to 14 June 2012. He is the fourth Malaysian player after Rashid Sidek, Roslin Hashim and Wong Choong Hann to achieve such a ranking, and is the only Malaysian shuttler to hold the number one ranking for more than a year.


Lin Dan

Lin Dan is a Chinese professional badminton player. He is a two-time Olympic champion, five-time World champion, as well as a six-time All England champion.


Marcus Fernaldi Gideon

Marcus Fernaldi Gideon is an Indonesian badminton player. He is from PB Tangkas Intiland, a badminton club in Tanjung Duren, West Jakarta. He won the 2017 All England Open Superseries Premier with his current partner Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo. He and Sukamuljo were recognised as the most outstanding players, and awarded as the 2017 BWF Best Male Players of the Year, after collecting seven Superseries titles.


Jwala Gutta

Jwala Gutta is a left-handed Indian badminton player. Born in Wardha to an Indian father and a Chinese mother, she began playing badminton at a young age. She is most successful doubles specialist from India, and has represented the country at the international circuit since the late 1990s till 2017. A fourteen-time National Champion, Gutta played with Shruti Kurien earlier in her career, but found greater international success with Ashwini Ponnappa. The pair consistently figured among the top-twenty in the BWF World Ranking reaching as high as no. 10 in 2015. Gutta is the first badminton player of Indian to qualify for two events in the Olympics–women's doubles with Ponnappa and mixed doubles with V. Diju at London. Gutta is known for her skilled left-handed stroke-play and is one of the very few doubles players to use a forehand service.


Nozomi Okuhara

Nozomi Okuhara is a Japanese badminton player who is a singles specialist, well known for her speed, agility and endurance. She won a bronze medal in the 2016 Olympics. She became the 2017 world champion in Glasgow, Scotland after defeating India's P. V. Sindhu in the finals.


Chou Tien-chen

Chou Tien-chen is a badminton player from Taiwan, representing Chinese Taipei. In 2016 he became the first local shuttler in 17 years to win the Chinese Taipei Open Grand Prix Gold men’s singles title since Indonesian-born Fung Permadi won it in 1999. He won his first BWF Super Series title at the 2014 Yonex French Open, beating Wang Zhengming of China 10-21, 25-23, 21-19 in the finals. He is the record holder of three consecutive Bitburger Open Grand Prix Gold titles from 2012 till 2014.


Susi Susanti

Lucia Francisca Susy Susanti is a retired Indonesian badminton player. Relatively small of stature, she combined quick and graceful movement with elegant shotmaking technique, and rates among the most successful players in the history of the women's game. Sometimes her name is also spelled Susi Susanti. She's the first Indonesian Olympic Gold Medalist and the only Indonesian woman athlete to win it.


Pullela Gopichand

Pullela Gopichand is a former Indian badminton player. Presently, he is the Chief National Coach for the Indian Badminton team. He won the All England Open Badminton Championships in 2001 becoming the second Indian to achieve this feat after Prakash Padukone. He runs the Gopichand Badminton Academy. He received the Arjuna Award in 1999, the Dronacharya Award in 2009 and the Padma Bhushan – India's third highest civilian award – in 2014.


Ruselli Hartawan

Ruselli Hartawan is an Indonesian badminton player. She is the member of Jaya Raya Jakarta badminton club, and selected to join the national team in 2013. She competed in the girls' singles badminton at the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China, but she was stopped in the quarter-finals after being defeated by Akane Yamaguchi of Japan with a rubber games 6–21, 21–18, 11–21. In 2017, she won the women's singles title at the national championships in Pangkal Pinang.

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Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana Rajakanya is a Princess of the Kingdom of Thailand and is the only daughter of King Vajiralongkorn and his former consort Sujarinee Vivacharawongse. She has produced works as a fashion designer, and competed in sports as an equestrian and former badminton player.


Srikanth Kidambi

Srikanth Kidambi is an Indian badminton player. He trains at the Gopichand Badminton Academy, Hyderabad and is supported by the GoSports Foundation. In April 2018, he became the highest ranked men's badminton player in the world. He is also sponsored by Yonex. In 2018, he was awarded with the Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian award.