Dear Editor,Legendary badminton player, Nandu Natekar (88), who held the distinction of being first Indian to win Malaysia’s Selangor International title post-independence in 1956, breathed his last on Wednesday after a brief illness.Natekar, considered as one of the most popular sportspersons of our younger days, was a former world No. 3. He was among the first recipients of the Arjuna Award in 1961.The six-time national singles champion, legendary Shutter’s career spanning 15 years caught everyone’s attention after he reached the quarterfinals in his only All England Badminton Championships appearance in 1954.Natekar first represented India in 1953, when he was 20 years old. He famed for his for his drives, drops, and smashes, Natekar successfully shouldered the responsibility of leading India’s challenge in the Thomas Cup men’s team championship (also led India thrice) for more than a decade from 1951-1963, beside he represented the country at the 1966 Commonwealth Games in Jamaica.He had a distinguished career, where Natekar made his mark at several team and individual events like tennis and golf. In his death the country lost a true legend for the entire sporting fraternity. May his soul rest in peace. He was and will always be an inspiration for generations to come.Bidyut Kumar
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