Arjun awardee and former badminton world No.3 Nandu Natekar passes away.
Indian legendary Badminton player Nandu Natekar ( 88) passed away on Wednesday in Pune with old age related issues. He has been suffering from health problems for three months. His family members confirmed the news with grief saying that they were all around him at the time of Nandu's demise. Due to Covid restrictions no obituary programme is conducted, just you all remember him in your hearts, family members appealed. He is survived with son Gowrav who is a seven-time national tennis champion, and two daughters.
Nandu Natekar , who became the first Indian Shuttler to win a title abroad in 1956 in Malaysia and was the first recipient of the Arjuna award in 1961. He bagged more than 100 national and International medals in his career.
Nandu born in Sangli, Maharashtra stamped his mark in the sports field. He reached the England Championship quarterfinal in 1954. On behalf of Indian team he won 12 in 16 singles in Thomas Cup between 1951-1963, and 8 in 16 doubles. He led the Indian team in 1959,1961,and 1963 and participated in 1965 CommonWealth Games.
Several sportsmen including Badminton coach Pullela Gopichand and other sportsmen paid tributes to Nandu Natekar.