Legendary badminton player Nandu Natekar passes away

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  • Arjuna awardee and veteran badminton player Nandu Natekar (88) passed away in Pune Wednesday. He is survived by two daughters and son Gaurav, a seven-time national tennis champion.
  • Born in western Maharashtra’s Sangli in 1933, Natekar has over 100 national and international titles to his credit. After reaching the quarterfinals of the prestigious All England Badminton Championships in 1954, he went on to become the first Indian to clinch the Selangor Championship in Malaysia in 1956 — it was also the first time an Indian won an international title.
  • “Nandu Natekar was a legend in badminton and he showed to the world that India and Indians can also be winners on the international stage. He was the first-ever superstar that Indian badminton witnessed.
  • I was fortunate to play under his guidance when he used to coach national players from Pune in the 1990s i.e. after he retired and settled in Pune. I also had the pleasure of working under him during the senior nationals of 1997.
  • He was a very progressive and accommodative leader who was open to newer ideas irrespective of who was putting it forth,” said Ranjeet Natu, secretary of the Poona District and Metropolitan Badminton Association (PDMBA).
  • Source : indianexpress.com

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