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PM condoles demise of legendary badminton player Nandu Natekar


PTI, Jul 28, 2021, 12:28 PM IST

Image: Twitter/Anurag Thakur

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday condoled the demise of legendary badminton player Nandu Natekar and said his success continues to motivate budding athletes.

Natekar, the first Indian to win an international title in 1956, died in Pune on Wednesday.

The 88-year-old, who won over 100 national and international titles in his career, was suffering from age-related ailments.

“Shri Nandu Natekar has a special place in India’s sporting history. He was an outstanding badminton player and a great mentor,” Modi tweeted.

“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,” the prime minister said.

Natekar, who was considered one of most popular sportspersons of his time, was also a former World number three.

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