Padukone asks sports federations to learn from BCCI

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Kolkata, Apr 28 (UNI) India's all time badminton great Prakash Padukone today said all sports federations in the country should learn a lesson from the BCCI how to run sports successfully.

Former All England Badminton Champion Padukone said sports federations needed dymanic leadership to extract the best of a player while referring to Russi Mody's contribution towards many disciplines, including football.

He said though Mr Mody was not part of any sport federation but being a corporate head of Tata Steel, the management guru had shown the country how to extract talents from youngsters.

He urged the journalists to acord importance not only to cricket but also to all sports disciplines.

Pakukone was here to receive Life Time Award, conferred on him by Calcutta Sports Journalists' Club, sponsored by Chirag, maker of computer.

Cricket commentator Ravi Shastri presented the award on behalf of the CSJC. The award included a citation, a scroll, a laptop and a shawl.

Prakash Padukone also acknowledged that this was the first lifetime award, which he cherished hugely.

Shastri quoting Sunil Gavaskar as saying Prakash Padukone was perhaps the greatest sportsperson ever produced by India.

Earlier, Russi Mody was also presented a special memento for his contribution towards sports in the country.

Sourav Ganguly was given award for the ''greatest comeback player of the year''.

Besides, football goalkeepr Subrata Paul, archer Dola Banerjee, gradnmaster Surya Shekahr Ganguly, table tennis players Poulami Ghatak werd among other given awards for the year.

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