Former India table tennis head coach Bhawani Mukherji passes away aged 68

  • Mukherji, 68, is survived by his wife and a son.

  • Mukherji, who was the first Dronacharya awardee in table tennis, did his schooling and graduation from Ajmer where his father was a medical practitioner.

  • He joined the National Institute of Sports (NIS) Patiala in the mid-seventies after obtaining diploma in coaching.

Chandigarh: Former India Table tennis head coach Bhawani Mukherji died at his residence here on Friday.

Mukherji, 68, is survived by his wife and a son.

 Former India table tennis head coach Bhawani Mukherji passes away aged 68

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Mukherji, who was the first Dronacharya awardee in table tennis, did his schooling and graduation from Ajmer where his father was a medical practitioner.

He joined the National Institute of Sports (NIS) Patiala in the mid-seventies after obtaining diploma in coaching.

He was the head coach at NIS Patiala and became the head coach of the national team for a brief period after the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

He accompanied the Indian paddlers, including Soumyajit Ghosh and Ankita Das, to the London Olympics and had served the cause of table tennis for 34 years before retiring from the Sports Authority of India (SAI).

He was bestowed with the Dronacharya Award in 2012, thus becoming the first coach to earn the recognition in table tennis.

"I was saddened to learn the passing away of Bhawani da. He was a father figure for many of his wards and they will sorely miss him. I offer my heartfelt condolences to the family," TTFI secretary general, MP Singh said.

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Updated Date: Dec 06, 2019 16:43:45 IST