Notable Sports stars deaths in 2020
Notable Sports stars deaths in 2020 | The year 2020 was almost a waste of faith due to the Corona epidemic. I realized how fleeting life is.
This has been a frustrating year for the sport. Many veteran players have bid farewell to this world this year.
Diego Maradona, basketball player Kobe Bryant, cricketer Vasant Raiji and Everton Weeks also died in the same year.
As we bid farewell to the year 2020, there will always be a dearth of athletes who have said goodbye to this universe forever.
Great footballer P K Banerjee
Kolkata, March 20
The legendary footballer PK Banerjee, who served Indian football for nearly 51 years, died here on Friday after a long illness. He was 83. Banerjee is survived by his daughter Paula and Poorna, who are renowned academics.
Asian Games 1962 gold medalist Banerjee has been a witness to the golden phase of Indian football. He was suffering from respiratory disease due to pneumonia for some time. He also had Parkinson’s, heart disease, and dementia.
Born in Moynaguri on the outskirts of Jalpaiguri on 23 June 1936, Banerjee moved to Jamshedpur after Partition. He scored 65 goals for India playing 84 matches.
Banerjee, who won a gold medal at the Jakarta Asian Games 1962, captained India at the 1960 Rome Olympics and scored an equalizer in a one-on-one match against France.
Earlier, he was also on the 1956 Melbourne Olympic team and played a key role in the 4–1 win over Australia in the quarter-finals. India finished fourth in those games.
FIFA awarded him the Centenary Order of Merit in 2004. Banerjee, who made his 1952 debut in the Santosh Trophy for Bihar, was the coach of Mohammedan Sporting after 51 years.
He was a member of the thriving trio of Indian football which included Chunni Goswami and Tulsidas Balaram.
Banerjee retired football in 1967 but also won 54 trophies as a coach. Banerjee never played for Mohun Bagan or East Bengal in his career. He was a full member of the Eastern Railway team. In Kolkata, he started his club career with Aryan FC. Aryan coach Dasu Mitra never treated him well.
Mohun Bagan won the IFA Shield, Rovers Cup and Durand Cup under his coach.
Marceli’s former president Pape Diouf
Marceli, April 1 |
The former president of the Marseille Football Club, Pape Diouf, died due to a coronavirus infection. He was 68.
Diof was born in Chad but had citizenship of France and Senegal. She played a key role in building the club’s strong team from 2005 to 2009, helping her win the League One title in 2010.
He was scheduled to leave from Dakar for Nice for treatment of Kovid-19 in France but his breath stopped earlier.
Former international footballer and first class cricketer Subimal Goswami
New Delhi, April 2
Former international footballer and first-class cricketer Subimal Goswami died on Thursday. He was famous by the name Chunni. He was the captain of the gold medal winning team at the 1962 Asian Games.
Goswami saved fellow PK Banerjee from Syed Abdul Rahim’s anger during the 1962 Asian Games.
Guardiola’s mother dies due to coronavirus
London, 6 April
Manchester City’s star footballer Pep Guardiola’s mother died of a corona virus infection. She was 82 years old.
Former footballer Hamasakoya dies of Covid-19
Malappuram (Kerala), June 6
Former Santosh Trophy National Football Championship player E Hamsakoya died of Covid-19 virus at a hospital here on Saturday.
Hamasakoya, a resident of Parappanangadi, was 61 years old and settled in Mumbai.
He used to play for the state of Maharashtra in the Santosh Trophy.
He and his family came to his hometown on May 21 and were in seclusion ever since. Five members of his family were also found to be coronavirus positive.
E Hamsakoya played for Maharashtra in the Santosh Trophy and was part of the national team camp twice.
England World Cup-winning footballer Charlton
London, 11 July
England’s World Cup-winning footballer and former Ireland coach Jack Charlton died at the age of 85 on Friday.
He died at his ancestral home in Northumberland in the northeast of England.
His greatest achievement was to become the world champion by defeating Germany 4–2 after extra time at the Wembley Stadium in the 1966 World Cup final.
Charlton, a defender, played a key role in making England the World Cup winner in 1966. His brother Bobby Charlton was also in this team.
He played 35 matches for England from 1965 to 1970 and in 1967 he was voted England’s best footballer of the year. His home career lasted with Leeds from 1952–73 during which he played a record 773 matches.
He was a part of every domestic title-winning team including the league title in 1969. He became Ireland’s coach in 1986 and under his supervision, the team reached the quarter-finals of the 1990 World Cup.
Bolivia Football Association president dies of Coronavirus infection
La Paz (Bolivia), 20 July
Bolivia Football Federation President Sezar Salinas died due to problems associated with the Kovid-19 infection. He was 58 years old.
Salinas, former president of Bolivia’s club The Strongest, became president of the National Federation in 2018.
This role also earned him a place on the executive committee of the South American football body Conmebol.
Jesus Berardinelli, President of Venezuela Football Federation
Caracas, August 6
Venezuela Football Federation President Jesus Berardinelli died two weeks after his sudden unconsciousness. He had also suffered other health problems during his hospitalization. Berardinelli was 61 years old.
Venezuelan authorities launched an investigation against Berardinelli on charges of misappropriation of public funds, which led to his death 16 days later.
Berardinale was admitted to Caracas’ hospital on 22 July where he suffered from breathing problems and was placed on ventilator.
Former India and Mohun Bagan players Manitombi
Kolkata, August 9
Manitombi Singh, a former defender of the Indian football team and captain of Mohun Bagan, died on Sunday at the age of 39.
He breathed his last on Sunday morning in his native village near Imphal, Manipur. He was suffering from a disease for a long time.
The family, however, did not provide any information about his illness. He is survived by a wife of eight years, besides a wife.
Manitombi was a key member of the Indian Under-23 team playing under the guidance of coach Stephen Constantine who won the LG Cup in 2003 by defeating Vietnam 3–2 at Ho Chi Minh City.
It was India’s first international title win since winning the eight-nation tournament in Singapore in 1971. Manitombi represented India at the 2002 Busan Asian Games.
He made his debut for Mohun Bagan in 2003 after representing several clubs and under his captaincy in 2004 became the winner of the Team All Airlines Gold Cup. He last played in the Manipur State League in 2015-16.
Former Indian goalkeeper Bhaskar Maity
Mumbai, 19 August
Former India goalkeeper Bhaskar Maiti died on Wednesday in Navi Mumbai Hospital due to brain haemorrhage. He was 67. Maiti is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.
Maiti represented India against Iraq during the Bangkok 1978 Asian Games. He played for Maharashtra in the Santosh Trophy from 1975 to 1979.
He played for Mafatlal Sports Club from 1974 to 1980 and Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers (RCF) from 1981 to 1982. After retirement, he became the coach of the RCF football team.
Lebanese footballer hospitalized after being shot in the head died
Beirut, 18 September
Lebanon’s top footballer Mohammed Atvi has shot in the head about a month ago, leading to his death on Friday. He was 33 years old.
The Lebanese Government Dialogue Committee gave this information. Atvi had received this bullet on August 21, but till now it was not known where and who had fired this bullet. He was since admitted to the hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU).
In Lebanon, the practice of firing at celebrations or the demise of someone during the marriage, examination passing or leaders’ speeches is common. Lebanese Prime Minister Michel Aoun and Sports Minister Vertine Ohanian condoled his death.
Former India football captain Carlton Chapman
New Delhi, 12 October
Former captain of the Indian football team Carlton Chapman died in Bangalore on Monday of a heart attack. He was 49 years old.
Chapman was hospitalized in Bengaluru on Sunday night and breathed his last on Monday morning.
Midfielder Chapman played for India from 1995 to 2001. Under his captaincy, the Indian team won the Saif Cup in 1997. At club level, he represented teams like East Bengal and JCT Mills.
Chapman, who came out of the Tata Football Academy, joined East Bengal in 1993 and scored a hat-trick in the team’s 6–2 win against Iraqi club Al Javra in the first round match of the Asian Cup Winners Cup that year.
But he did his best with JCT to which he was associated in 1995. Chapman won 14 trophies for the Punjab-based club.
These include the first National Football League (NFL) in 1996–97.
Chapman later joined FC Kochi but only joined East Bengal in 1998 after one season. East Bengal won the NFL in 2001 under his leadership. He retired from professional football in 2001. After this, he was also the coach of various clubs.
Former Liverpool goalkeeper Clemence dies
London, 15 November
Liverpool, Tottenham and former England goalkeeper Ray Clemence have passed away. Clemence was 72 years old. He is survived by a wife and a son and two daughters.
Clemence, one of the greatest goalkeepers in his generation in England, won five top-level league titles with Liverpool in addition to three European Cups. Clemence took 61 matches for England.
Clemence was part of a Liverpool team that dominated Europe between 1977 and 1981, winning two UEFA Cups, an FA Cup and The League Cup. Clemence also won a UEFA and a League Cup title with Tottenham.
Former Indian defender Satyajit Ghosh died
Kolkata, November 9
Former India and Mohun Bagan defender Satyajit Ghosh died of a heart attack at his residence in Bandel early Monday. He was 62 years old. He is survived by his wife and a daughter.
Ghosh represented India in the Nehru Cup in 1985. Ghosh started his career in 1980 with Railway FC and joined Mohun Bagan in the following season. He had a strong pairing with India’s star defender Subrata Bhattacharya.
However, Ghosh’s career with Mohun Bagan ended in 1986 due to injuries and he joined Mohammedan Sporting thereafter. Ghosh rejoined Bagan in 1989 and remained with the team until he retired in 1993.
Argentina manager Alejandro Sabella passed away in World Cup 2014
Buenos Aires, December 9
Alejandro Sabella, who was the coach of the Argentina football team in the World Cup 2014, died of heart disease on Tuesday. He was 66.
He died in a hospital in Buenos Aires. He was admitted to the hospital on 25 November, the day Argentina’s legendary footballer Diego Maradona died.
Italy’s World Cup winning former football captain Paolo Rossi
Rome, 10 December
Captain Paolo Rossi, who made Italy the champion in the Football World Cup 1982, died. He was 64 years old.
After the player, he was also active in his country as a commentator. He was associated with the government broadcaster RAI (Radio Television Italia), which reported on Thursday that he died of an incurable disease.
He performed brilliantly after his 1980 withdrawal from suspension in the betting case and was instrumental in making his team the world champion in 1982.
Along with leading the team, he scored six goals in this World Cup in Spain. In this, he scored a hat-trick in a 3–2 win against Brazil.
He scored the first goal of the final against West Germany. Italy won the World Cup title by defeating the match 3–1. He was voted the best player of FIFA in 1982.
64-year-old runner dies in Mumbai Marathon
Mumbai, 19 January
A 64-year-old runner participating in the Tata Mumbai Marathon 2020 died here on Sunday after suffering a heart attack.
Organizers said that Gajendra Manjalkar of Nalasopara area of Palghar district has been participating in this marathon for the last four years. He also arrived here on Sunday to participate in the marathon.
The police officer said that he fell while running. He was rushed to Bombay Hospital in South Delhi where doctors declared him dead.
Dronacharya Award winning athletics coach Saini
Patiala, March 1
Veteran athletics coach and Dronacharya Award winner Joginder Singh Saini died here on Sunday due to problems related to old age. He was 90 years old.
Saini is credited with refining some of India’s most respected track and field players. Saini was ill for the last few days.
He was the head coach of the national athletics team for several years between the 1970s and 1990s.
Former UK Athletics performance director Neil Black
London, 21 April
Neil Black, the former program director of British athletics, passed away. He was 60 years old.
It was Black who defended Mo Farah’s involvement with banned coach Alberto Salazar.
Black left his post last year after Salazar was banned for four years for doping. Salazar worked with Britain’s long-distance runner Farah. Farah made two in London and Rio Olympics. Won two gold medals.
Black was the chief when Salazar was appointed by British athletics as a consultant.
The US anti-doping agency launched Salazar’s investigation in 2015 after which British athletics reviewed his relationship with Farah and concluded that there was nothing to worry about.
Olympian Jagmohan Singh
Patiala, 17 November
Jagmohan Singh, a hurdle race Olympian who started scientific fitness training methods in athletics and other sports at NIS Patiala, died of a heart attack on Tuesday. He was 88.
He also served as Joint Director-General in Sports Authority of India. Jagmohan represented the country in the 110 m hurdles of the 1960 Rome Olympics.
He was the national champion in this event from 1958 to 1960. He also had a national record of 110 m hurdles and decathlon.
He was not only the top athlete of his time, but he also worked as a teacher, coach, administrator and physical trainer in Indian sports.
Former hockey player Balbir Singh Kullar
New Delhi, March 1
Former hockey player Balbir Singh Kullar died of a heart attack at his residence in Punjab. He was 77.
He was part of the Indian team that won a bronze medal in the Olympics in 1968. He is survived by his wife, a son and two daughters.
Born in Sansarpur in Jalandhar district of Punjab, Balbir made his Indian debut in 1963 in Leon, France.
He gained a reputation as an ‘Inside Forward’ in the Indian team and toured countries such as Belgium, England, Netherlands and West Germany.
Swiss Ice Hockey Star Roger Chappot
Zurich, April 8
Former Ice Hockey player Roger Chappot, who played more than 100 matches for Switzerland, died of a Covid-19 illness. He was 79.
The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) said that Chapot was treated at the hospital two weeks ago. He then returned home but his condition worsened on April 1, after which he was admitted to the emergency medical room.
Chappot was a veteran hockey player from the French-speaking region of Switzerland and was considered one of the best players of the mid-century in the sixties.
Hockey India mourns the death of Pandanda Katappa
New Delhi, May 8
Hockey India on Friday mourned the demise of Pandanda Katappa, co-founder of Kodava Hockey Festival and famous celebrity of Coorg region.
Katappa died on Thursday due to age-related problems. He is survived by his wife, two daughters and a son. He was 85 years old.
Katappa, who retired from the State Bank of India, played a key role in setting up the Kodava Hockey Festival. This is a special hockey tournament for Kodava families which started in 1997.
Former Indian all-rounder Bapu Nadkarni
Mumbai, 17 January
Former Indian all-rounder Bapu Nadkarni, who made a record of scoring 21 consecutive overs in a Test match against England, died here on Friday. He was 86 years old. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.
Nadkarni was a left-handed batsman and left-arm spinner. He scored 1414 runs in 41 Tests for India and took 88 wickets. His best performance was six wickets for 43 runs. He was among the top cricketers in Mumbai.
He played 191 first-class matches, taking 500 wickets and scoring 8880 runs. Born in Nashik, Nadkarni made his Test debut against New Zealand in 1955 in Delhi.
He also played his last Test match in 1968 against the same opponent in Auckland under the leadership of MAK Pataudi. However, he is remembered for scoring 21 consecutive overs.
His bowling analysis was 32-27-5-0 in the Madras (now Chennai) Test match. He was known for bowling economically. His bowling analysis was 32–24–23–0 in Kanpur and 34–24–24–1 in Delhi in 1960–61 against Pakistan.
Waqar Hasan, the first Pakistani team member to visit India
Karachi, 10 February
Waqar Hasan, who was a member of the Pakistani team who went on an Indian tour for the first time, died here on Monday at the age of 87.
Hasan was the last surviving player of the Pakistani team that visited India in 1952. He also visited England in 1954 and the West Indies in 1955–56. He was part of the Pakistani team that won these tours.
He scored 1071 runs in 21 Tests before announcing his retirement in 1959.
He also served as the chief selector and manager in the Pakistan Cricket Board. He was born on 12 September 1932 in Amritsar.
He had scored three half-centuries on his 1952 tour of India.
He also won the team by scoring 54 against England. He played his best innings of 189 runs against New Zealand in 1955 in Lahore. The PCB mourned his death.
London, 2 April
Tony Lewis, who played a key role in devising the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method for rain-affected matches in limited-overs cricket, has passed away. He was 78 years old.
Tony, along with his fellow mathematician Frank Duckworth, devised the Duckworth Lewis method which was introduced in 1997 and officially adopted by the ICC (International Cricket Council) in 1999.
Lewis was not a cricketer but was awarded the MBE, the British Empire’s Distinguished Honor, in 2010 for his contributions to cricket and mathematics.
Former New Zealand batsman Jock Edwards
Wellington, 6 April
‘Big Hitter’ wicketkeeper batsman Jock Edwards, who has played six Tests and eight ODIs for New Zealand, has passed away. He was 64.
The reasons for the demise are not known. Edwards played 67 first-class matches from 1974 to 1985 from this provincial team.
Edwards was famous for his batting batting, whose batting style was consistent with T20, but it was not cricket in his time.
Edwards’ best moment in Test cricket was in Auckland in 1978 when he scored half-centuries in both innings against England.
Walter D’Souza, one of India’s oldest first-class cricketer
Mumbai, 10 April
Walter D’Souza, one of India’s oldest first-class cricketers, died here on Thursday morning. He was 93. He breathed his last at his residence in Khar.
D’Souza has played for Gujarat and ACC. He made 1950 for Gujarat against Holkar team in Indore. Played 51 Ranji Trophy finals. In that he scored 50 and 77 runs.
Former Pakistan cricketer dies due to Coronavirus
Karachi, 14 April
Former Pakistan first-class cricketer Zafar Sarfaraz (age 50) is the country’s first professional player who died due to Coronavirus infection.
Middle-order batsman Sarfaraz played 15 first-class matches for Peshawar. He retired in 1994.
Former Pakistan first-class cricketer Riyaz Sheikh
Karachi, June 2
Former Pakistan first-class cricketer Riyaz Sheikh became the second professional player of the country on Tuesday to die due to suspected corona virus disease.
Sources have claimed that Sheikh’s family buried him and did not even wait for the medical authorities to know the reasons for his death. Sheikh was 51 years old.
He took 116 wickets in 43 first class matches. He died on Tuesday morning.
Tripura’s under-19 female cricketer Ayanti found dead at home
Kolkata, 17 June
Ayanthi Reang, a player from the Under-19 women’s cricket team of Tripura, was found dead at her home. According to the daily newspaper ‘Syandan’, the 16-year-old cricketer was hanged from the roof of his house on Tuesday night.
Ayanti, the youngest of four siblings, was a member of the Under-19 women’s team of Tripura for the past one year and also played in the T-20 under-23 age-group tournament for the state.
She belongs to the Reang tribe and hails from Tenani village in Udaipur, about 90 km from the capital Agartala.
St. Johns, July 2
Sir Everton Weekes, the legendary cricketer of his time and the last batsman of the famous West Indies ‘W Trio’, died on Wednesday. He was 95 years old.
Weekes, together with Sir Clyde Walcott and Sir Frank Worrell, had created the strongest batting order in world cricket in the fifties. He is also called the ‘father’ of sports in the Caribbean region.
Weekes, Walcott and Worrell were born in Barbados from August 1924 to January 1926 within 18 months and all three made their Test debut in 1948 within three weeks.
Worrell died in 1967 and Walcott died in 2006. The National Stadium of Bridgetown is named after the three as ‘Three Ways Oval’.
Former Australia cricketer Barry Jerman
Adelaide, 18 July
Former Australia Test wicketkeeper and former International Cricket Council match referee Barry Jerman has passed away. He was 84 years old.
Gerry made his Test debut in 1959 and also took up the captaincy in a match when regular captain Bill Lowry was injured on a tour of England in the Ashes series in 1968. He scored 400 runs in 19 Tests at an average of 14.81 which includes two half-centuries.
Former Indian opener Chetan Chauhan
New Delhi, 16 August
Former Indian opener Chetan Chauhan died on Sunday due to Covid-19 related woes. Chauhan was on the life support system for about 36 hours. He was 73. Chauhan, who has played 40 Tests for India, has a wife and son Vinayak in his family.
One of the most famous batsmen of Indian cricket, without scoring an international century, Chauhan was the minister of military welfare, home guard and civil security in the Uttar Pradesh cabinet.
Chauhan, who was a long-time opening partner with legendary cricketer Sunil Gavaskar, was admitted to Sanjay Gandhi PGI, Lucknow on July 12 after being found Covid-19 positive.
After retiring, Chauhan held several positions in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) – president, vice president, secretary and chief selector. He was also the manager of the Indian team on the Australian tour in 2001.
He was elected to the Lok Sabha twice from Amroha in Uttar Pradesh in 1991 and 1998 and was awarded the Arjuna Award in 1981.
Chauhan played 40 Tests during a 12-year long cricket career in which he scored 2084 runs with 16 half-centuries. He also had two wickets in his name. He could not score a century at the international level and his best performance was 97 runs. Together with Gavaskar, he made a strong opening pair for India and together they added over 3000 runs which included 12-century partnerships.
Chauhan made his first-class debut at the age of 22 against Mumbai. One of the memorable moments of his career as an opener is a 213-run partnership with Gavaskar at The Oval against England in 1979 in which he scored 80 runs.
Former cricketer G. Kasturirangan
Bengaluru, August 19
Former cricketer Gopalaswamy Iyenger Kasturirangan died of a heart attack at his residence here on Wednesday.
Kasturirangan was 89 and was a former cricketer, administrator and curator of BCCI. Sources in the cricket world said that he played most of his matches as a right-arm fast bowler in the Ranji Trophy for Mysore between 1948 and 1963.
Former England cricketer David Keppel
Northampton, 2 September
Former England all-rounder David Keppel died of a prolonged illness. He was 57.
Keppel, who played 15 Tests and 23 ODIs for England from 1987 to 1990, was diagnosed with a ‘brain tumor’ in 2018. The English county team
Northamptonshire announced Wednesday that he died at his home.
Keppel was associated with this county team for 32 consecutive years as a player and then coach. The team reported that his tumor was detected in 2018.
Keppel played 270 first-class matches for Northamptonshire from 1981 to 1998.
From his debut against Pakistan in July 1987, he became the first county-born cricketer to play a Test match for England in 77 years. He made his ODI debut three months earlier.
Sarabindu Pal, former joint secretary of CAB
Kolkata, November 4
Saradindu Pal, former joint secretary of the Bengal Cricket Association, died on Wednesday after prolonged illness. He was 77. He is survived by his wife and daughter.
He was ill for a year and recently recovered from a corona infection. His health had fallen a lot due to corona infection. Pal was the joint secretary of the cab between 2005 and 2007.
Mohit Sharma’s father dies
Dubai, November 5
Delhi Capitals fast bowler Mohit Sharma returned home on Thursday against Mumbai Indians due to his father’s demise before the first qualifier of the Indian Premier League here.
The players of Delhi Capitals had black stripes tied on their arm during the match in honor of Mohit’s father. The 32-year-old played only one match this season.
He took one wicket in this match played against Kings XI Punjab on 20 September. Delhi Capitals won this match in the Super Over.
VVS Laxman coach Ashok Singh
Hyderabad, November 9
Ashok Singh, who coached cricketers like VVS Laxman and Andhra wicketkeeper MSK Prasad, died on Monday due to illness.
He is survived by his wife, three children and a daughter. His son Anand said that his father had coached middle-order batsman Laxman from 1998 until the time of his retirement.
He also said that he coached many players at different levels for 30 years.
Siraj’s father present in Australia for Test series
New Delhi, 20 November
Mohammed Gaus, the father of fast bowler Mohammed Siraj, who was in Australia for the upcoming series of four Tests, passed away. Gaus was 53 years old and was suffering from lung disease.
His father played a key role in Siraj’s success as a cricketer and supported his son’s ambitions despite limited resources.
It is learned that Siraj will not return to Hyderabad for the last rites due to rules related to segregation. After reaching Australia on 13 November, the Indian team is currently undergoing 14 days of segregation.
Ben Stokes’s father dies
Christchurch, 8 December
England star all-rounder Ben Stokes’ father Gade has passed away. Ged breathed his last on Tuesday after battling brain cancer for a year. He was 65 years old.
Stokes is currently touring South Africa for a limited-overs series with the England team. He played in three T20 internationals but was rested from a series of one-day internationals which was cancelled on Monday after several cases of Kovid-19 infection in a biologically safe environment.
Gade, a former rugby player and coach, had been suffering from brain cancer for some time and Stokes was in Christchurch for some time before taking care of his ailing father.
During the series in South Africa in 2019, Stokes honoured his father by making a ‘middle finger bend’ gesture. He did this because his father had to have a part of his finger amputated to continue playing.
American basketball player Kobe Bryant
American basketball player Kobe Bryant has died in a helicopter crash in the American province of California.
A total of 9 people, including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, have died along with Bryant in this accident.
During the accident, 41-year-old Bryant was travelling in his personal helicopter.
Kobe Bryant, a five-time National Basketball Association (NBA) champion, was considered one of the most successful greats in the history of basketball.
Bryant always played with Los Angeles Lockers in his 20-year-long career.
Kobe, who retired in April 2016, won the NBA’s most important player title in 2008.
With this, he received MVP in NBA Finals twice.
Kobe holds the title of being a two-time NBA scoring champion and a champion in the Olympic Games twice.
NBA Hall of Fame Wes Unseld
Washington, June 2
Wes Unseld, who was part of the Hall of Fame and among the 50 best players in National Basketball Championship (NBA) history, died Tuesday due to health problems. Unseld was 74 years old.
He was part of the Washington Wizards team that won the only title in the NBA. Unseld had been struggling with various health problems for some time. Recently he also suffered from pneumonia.
Unseld played all 13 seasons of his career on behalf of this team. Unseld was part of the All Star team five times. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1988.
Boston, November 11
Tommy Henshaw, a former Boston Celtic veteran and coach at the National Basketball Association (NBA), died on Tuesday. He was 86 years old.
Inducted into the Hall of Fame, Henshaw was associated with the NBA for nearly 60 years. He was associated with Boston Celtic for 17 seasons as a player and coach. He was active as a broadcaster.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver called him a ‘synonym for success’, saying that Henshaw was among the select few who joined the Hall of Fame as a player and then coach.
Australia’s famous swimming coach Don Talbot
Brisbane, 4 November
Australia’s famous swimming coach and founding director of the Australian Institute of Sports, Don Talbot, has passed away. He was 87 years old.
The Australian Swimming Association said that Talbot breathed his last at the Gold Coast in Queensland.
John Talbot was a staple in the Golden Age of Australian swimming. The coaching magician returned Australia’s national team to give her the best result. He had changed people’s thinking about better performance.
Talbot began his coaching career in the 1950s. He had also been a coach in Canada and the United States before returning as Australian swimming coach in 1989.
During his time, Australia won five gold, nine silver and four bronze medals in swimming at the Sydney Olympics 2000.
Hall of fame tennis player Denis Ralston
Austin (Texas), December 7
Denis Ralston, a five-time Grand Slam doubles champion and one of the first players to join the professional World Championship tennis tour in the sixties, passed away. He was 78.
Ralston, a member of the Hall of Fame, succumbed to cancer. He was America’s top-ranked player for three years in the sixties. Computer-based rankings did not begin at that time.
Wimbledon champion, tennis hall of fame Alex Olmedo
Santa Monica (America), 11 December
The 1959 Wimbledon and Australian Open champion Alex Olmedo, inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame, passed away. He was 84 years old. He died on Wednesday of brain cancer.
Olmedo was born in Peru in 1936 but later settled in the US. He played the Davis Cup for America in 1958 and won the title.
He also won the US National Championship with Ham Richardson, now called the US Open.
America’s famous gymnast Kurt Thomas
Las Angeles, June 7
America’s first male gymnast Kurt Thomas, who won a gold medal at the World Championships, has passed away. He was 64 years old.
Thomas’ family said that he died on Friday. He suffered a stroke on 24 May. Then a nerve broke in his brain.
Thomas won a gold medal in floor exercises at the 1978 World Championships in Strasbourg, France, after participating in the 1976 Montreal Olympics. In this way he became the first American to win the gold medal at the Gymnastics World Championships.
He then successfully defended his title at the 1979 World Championships played in Fort Worth, Texas.
Renowned cricket journalist Raju Bharatan
Mumbai, 7 February
Renowned cricket journalist and film music writer Raju Bharatan died here on Friday after a long illness. Sources confirmed this. He was 86 years old and is survived by his daughter, son-in-law and grand-daughter-in-law.
Bharatan worked with The Illustrated Weekly of India for 42 years. He also directed the first full-length cricket documentary ‘The Victory Story’ (1974) for the Films Division.
Bharatan’s first book, having written six books, was ‘Rivals in the Sun: A Survey of the 1952 Tour of England’ (1952), after which he wrote ‘Indian Cricket – The Vital Phase’ (1977).
Bharatan also wrote biographies of noted empress Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle and noted music director Naushad.
Veteran Kolkata sports journalist Goswami dies
Kolkata, April 19
Kolkata’s veteran sports journalist Samir Goswami died of a heart attack on Saturday. He was 65. He is survived by his wife.
He was associated with the Bengali newspaper ‘Bartaman’ for over two decades. He has represented the Calcutta Sports Journalists Club (CSJC) in the JK Bose Trophy on several occasions in which he has also been with the team several times as a manager.
Veteran sports journalist GK Menon
Mumbai, 11 August
Veteran sports journalist GK Menon died in a Mumbai suburb on Tuesday morning. He was 93 years old. He is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.
He finished his career as a freelancer in the early 1990s after working with The Indian Express and The Times of India.
Menon played cricket at the club level and was an active member of the Shivaji Park Gymkhana in Dadar (Central Mumbai).
He was the manager of the Bombay University team of 1952-53, which won the Rohinton Baria Trophy by defeating Delhi in the final held in Bangalore. The team had future Test players like Chandu Patankar, Nari Contractor, Ramnath Kenny, Naren Tamhane and GR Sundaram.
He played a key role in the career of former Indian fast bowler Late Ramakant Desai.
Snowboard world champion Pullin dies due to drowning
Gold Coast, July 8
Two-time World Snowboard Champion and Winter Olympian Alex Pullin died of drowning on Australia’s Gold Coast on Wednesday.
A police spokesperson said the 32-year-old man was not responding when he was drained from the water and died despite being given ventilators by lifeguards and emergency treatment teams.
This person was later identified as Pullin. The accident occurred on Palm Beach at around 10:40 am local time. Pullin was diving on an artificial reef when a surfer spotted him.
“Another diver was present there and they saw him on the ocean floor and called you nearby divers who, along with lifeguards, pulled him out,” police said.
He said, “He didn’t have an oxygen mask. We believe he was diving and fishing.”
Pulin, known as Champi, won gold medals in the snowboard cross event at La Molina in 2011 and at the World Championships in Stonham in 2013. He was the Australian flag bearer at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
Mary Pratt of Rockford Peaches
Las Angeles, May 10
Mary Pratt, who was part of the Women’s Baseball League, has passed away. She was 101 years old.
The legendary baseball player played for me in the 1940s on behalf of the Rockford Peaches, one of the early teams of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL).
Mary was the last surviving member of Peaches’ initial team. He died while sleeping at the John Scott Nursing Home in Quincy, Massachusetts.
Born in 1918 in Bridgeport, Mary was the last surviving member to play in the 1943 Pitches’ opening squad.
Former baseball star Bob Watson
Houston, May 15
Bob Watson, a veteran of his time in Major League Baseball (MLB), has passed away. He was 74 years old.
Watson played the Major League for 14 seasons with the Houston Astros. The club announced his demise on Thursday night.
Watson later became the first black general manager to win a World Series. He achieved this feat in 1996 with the New York Yankees. He was also selected to the All-Star Team twice.
Watson, named as ‘The Bull’, made it to the All-Star Team in 1973 and 1975. He also has the achievement of scoring 10,000,000 runs in Major League history to his name. He achieved this feat on March 4, 1975, against the San Francisco Giants.
London, 12 April
Motorsport’s legendary British driver Sir Stirling Craufurd Moss died at the age of 90 after a long illness.
Although Moss never won a Formula One race title, he was runner-up four times.
His career started in 1948. He competed in a variety of 529 motor races, winning 212.
Sportscar racer Jim Pace
Memphis, November 15
US sportscar racer Jim Pace died after being infected with Covid-19, at the age of 59. In 1996, the family of 24-hour Daytona winner Pace said he died in Memphis on Friday.
He also participated in the 24-hour Le Mans race in 1996, in which he finished 33rd. He also competed in the 24-hour Daytona Race in 1990 and won in the GTU category.
Senior Chess Administrator Ummer Koya
Kozhikode (Kerala) 14 January
PT Ummer Koya, former vice-president of the International Chess Federation (FIDE), died here on Tuesday. He was 69 years old.
Koya was FIDE’s vice president from 1996 to 2006. He died after a long illness at his home in Panniyankara. He is survived by his wife and three children.
Legendary Para Badminton player dies due to caronavirus
Bengaluru, January 16
Arjuna awardee and veteran para-badminton player Ramesh Tikaram died on Thursday in a hospital here due to coronavirus infection.
KYK Venkatesh, a friend of Tikaram, said that the player played a key role in bringing the International Para-Badminton Tournament to the country in 2001.
Former Australian Rugby League captain Arthur Summons dies
Sydney, 17 May
Former Australian Rugby League captain Arthur Summons has passed away. Arthur was 84 years old and got a spot on the National Rugby League Trophy.
Arthur was photographed with Norm Provan at the Sydney Cricket Ground after the 1963 New South Wales Rugby League final. This is one of the most talked-about pictures in Australia.
This photo has been placed on the rugby league trophy and in 2013, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of 1963 final, the trophy was named the Provan-Sons Trophy. Provan played for St. George’s, who beat Arthur’s Western Suburbs 8–3 in the final.
Nepal’s legendary mountaineer Ang Rita Sherpa
Kathmandu, 21 September
Nepal’s famous mountaineer Ang Rita Sherpa, who climbed 10 times without an oxygen cylinder to the summit of Mount Everest, the world’s tallest mountain, died. He was 72 years old.
The Mountaineering Association of Nepal gave this information. He died at his residence in Kathmandu. He was suffering from various other diseases including liver failure. He was known as ‘Snow Leopard’ (Snow Leopard).
Tikaram Gurung, secretary of Nepal Mountaineering Association, said, “Ang Rita Sherpa was a great climber who conquered Mount Everest 10 times between 1983 and 1996 without oxygen cylinders. He died today (Monday).”
This legendary climber was awarded the prestigious ‘Guinness World Record’ certificate. He was given the honor to successfully conquer the highest of 8,848 meters high Mount Everest without an oxygen cylinder.
In addition, he was also awarded the ‘Guinness World Record’ when he became the first person to conquer Everest without an oxygen cylinder in cold weather in December 1987.