Former Indian TT coach Bhawani Mukherji no more

CHANDIGARH: former India table tennis coach Bhawani Mukherji died of an unspecified stomach illness on Friday.

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

He suffered a stomach illness and died at his residence, said TTFI Secretary General MP Singh.

Mukherji, who was the first Dronacharya awarded in table tennis, studied and graduated from Ajmer, where his father was a doctor.

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

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

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

He was awarded the Dronacharya Prize in 2012.

"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," Singh said.