Deepika Padukone’s father and ace badminton player, Prakash Padukone has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. He is currently undergoing treatment for the same in a hospital in Bengaluru. According to media reports, Padukone’s wife and younger daughter have also tested positive for COVID-19. “Around 10 days back, Prakash, his wife (Ujjala) and second daughter (Anisha), they developed symptoms and got themselves tested and the results came out to be positive,” said Vimal Kumar, a close friend of the 65-year-old and director at the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy (PPBA) to PTI. “They got themselves isolated but after a week Prakash’s fever didn’t come down, so last Saturday, he was admitted to a hospital here in Bengaluru. He is okay now. All his parameters are fine, his wife and daughter are at home and he too will be hopefully discharged in 2-3 days,” he added.
Prakash Padukone is a former World No. 1 and the first Indian ever to win the All England Open Badminton Championships. For his contribution the field of sports, he was also awarded the Arjuna Award in 1972 and honoured with the Padma Shri in 1982.
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