Legendary badminton participant Nandu Natekar, the primary Indian to win a global title in 1956, died right here on Wednesday.
The 88-year-old, who gained over 100 nationwide and worldwide titles in his career, was affected by age-related illnesses.
He is survived by his son Gaurav and two daughters.
“He passed away peacefully at home and we were all with him and he has been ailing for the last three months and he passed away peacefully,” Gaurav advised to PTI.
Natekar, who was thought-about certainly one of hottest sportspersons of his time, was additionally a former World quantity three.
Born in Sangli in western Maharashtra, Natekar gained over 100 nationwide and worldwide titles in a career spanning over 15 years. He was additionally conferred with the distinguished Arjuna Award in 1961.
“With deepest sorrow, we would like to inform you that our beloved father Nandu Natekar passed away on 28th July, 2021,” The Natekar household stated in a message.
“Keeping in mind the COVID-19 guidelines, we will not be having a condolence meeting. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.”
In his distinguished career, Natekar made it to the quarterfinals of the distinguished All England Championships in 1954 and have become the primary Indian participant to win a global occasion when he claimed the Sellanger International in Malaysia in 1956.
He was additionally gained 12 out of the 16 singles matches and eight out of 16 in doubles as a part of the Indian workforce on the Thomas Cup between 1951 and 1963. He additionally had the excellence of main the nation within the event in 1959, 1961 and 1963.
He had additionally represented India on the 1965 Commonwealth Games in Jamaica.
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