Gopichand who? asks sports minister

Updated: 25 August 2008 16:35 IST

Sport Minister M S Gill failed to recognise former All England Champion and National Badminton Coach Pullela Gopichand.

New Delhi:

Sport Minister M S Gill on Tuesday failed to recognise former All England Champion and National Badminton Coach Pullela Gopichand when along with Olympian Saina Nehwal he went to meet him in his office.

While Gill greeted Saina heartily, he could not recognise Gopichand who was standing next to Saina and asked him who he was.

"Who are you?" Gill asked Gopichand, leaving him with no other option but to spell out his name.

Gopichand is only the second Indian after Prakash Padukone to win the All England Open Champion in 2001 and we hope Gill was only joking when he asked him his name.

Gill had invited Saina to his office after her return from Beijing Olympics, where she reached quaterfinals of the women single's badminton competition.

Topics : Badminton Indian Premier League 2011
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