Previous India footballer and Olympian O Chandrasekhar, who was integral part of the gold medal-winning Indian team at the 1962 Asian Games, departed on Tuesday at his residence here, family sources said. He was 85, and survived by three children.
Chandrasekhar, a defender in his football days, was ailing from age-related sickness for some time, a source related with the family told PTI. He was a member of the Travancore-Cochin Santosh Trophy team and had captained the Indian football team in a few tournaments.
In a notable manner, he was a member of the 1960 Rome Olympics Indian team apart from being a member of the 1962 Jakarta Asian Games. The footballer played for India from 1958-1966. He belongs from Irinjalakuda in Thrissur district.
He has a total of 25 caps to his name and also played in the Asian Cup Qualifiers in 1959, where he made his international entrance, and Merdeka Cup in 1961, among other matches. The All India Football Federation (AIFF) condoled the death of Chandrasekhar.
At the state level, he represented Maharashtra in the Santosh Trophy from 1959-1965, lifting the trophy in 1963. He played for Caltex Club from 1958-1966 and then the State Bank of India from 1967-1972.
In his sympathy message, AIFF president Praful Patel stated: “It is disheartening to hear that Mr. Chandrasekhar left us. He was a major part of one of the most successful Indian teams ever and his addition to the sport in India can never be forgotten. I share the grief.”
AIFF general secretary Kushal Das stated: “Chandrasekhar has been an aspirant for people across generations and won many accolades through his career. I convey my sympathies to his family and pray for his soul to rest in peace.”
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