Giv­ing equal im­por­tance to every sport

Sportstar - - 40 SUPERSTARS - PUL­LELA GOPI CHAND

Sport­star has been a truly iconic sports mag­a­zine. I vividly remember the days when I was about 10 years old, fre­quently vis­it­ing the road­side stalls on Sun­days in Abids to buy the back is­sues. For me it was the only mag­a­zine which cov­ered every dis­ci­pline. Though, cricket —quite nat­u­rally — got that ex­tra mileage.

I al­ways longed to see the poster of the great Prakash Padukone — my favourite. The posters of some of the leg­ends like Martina Navratilova, Boris Becker, St­effi Graf to name a few used to adorn the walls at my home. The sheer qual­ity al­ways stood out.

Ini­tially, bad­minton got lesser cov­er­age. But grad­u­ally, it found its place more fre­quently. When I won the 2001 All Eng­land Cham­pi­onship, I remember my own poster with the back­drop of the his­toric In­dia Gate in Delhi.

The best part was that it al­ways fea­tured all the Na­tion­als in any dis­ci­pline and many ath­letes used to ea­gerly await the is­sue af­ter the events to see their names and pho­tos. Such was the aura of the mag­a­zine!

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