Former Indian TT coach Bhawani Mukherji no more

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Chandigarh, December 6 () Former Indian table tennis head coach Bhawani Mukherji died on Friday of an unspecified stomach illness.

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

He was suffering from a stomach illness and died at his residence, said TTFI General Secretary 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 at 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 table tennis for 34 years before retiring from the Indian Sports Authority (SAI).

He was awarded the Dronacharya Prize in 2012. I was sad to know the death of Bhawani da. He was a father figure to many of his pupils and will be deeply missed. I offer my deepest condolences to the family, Singh said. APA ATK APA APA APA

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