Badminton great Nandu Natekar, the first Indian to win an international title in badminton in 1956, died on Wednesday in Pune. He was 88 years old and 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,” his son Gaurav told.
“With deepest sorrow, we would like to inform you that our beloved father Nandu Natekar passed away on 28th July, 2021,” The Natekar family said 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.”
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has expressed grief on the death of journalist Rohit Sardana. In a tweet, Shri Modi said: Shri Nandu Natekar has a special place in India’s sporting history. He was an outstanding badminton player and a great mentor. His success continues to motivate budding athletes. Saddened by his demise. My thoughts are with his family and friends in this sad hour. Om Shanti.