Former India TT coaches Bhawani Mukherji, Tapan Bose no more

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Chandigarh, December 6 () Indian table tennis mourned after two veteran coaches Bhawani Mukherji and Tapan Bose died here on Friday.

Mukherji died at age 68 due to an unspecified stomach illness at his home in Zirakpur, while Bose, 78, suffered a heart attack a little later at his residence here.

Mukherji is survived by his wife and a son and Bose is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.

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

The two coaches shared a good relationship with Mukherji as Bose's assistant before assuming the reign as head coach at NIS, Patiala after the latter's retirement in 1974.

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 table tennis for 34 years before retiring from the Indian Sports Authority (SAI).

He was awarded the Dronacharya Prize in 2012.

Bose, who led the Uttar Pradesh team in nationals, became the state champion in the 1970s. He was ranked India No. 7 in the sixties as a junior player.

Product of Lucknow Bengali Club, Bose completed his diploma at NIS, Patiala before becoming the head coach and served at NIS, Patiala.

He was also the national coach and, under his direction, several players were able to show their potential as they represented the country.

It was, in fact, a sad day for the entire table tennis fraternity. Strange are the forms of destiny that two great coaches died on the same day, Singh said. We are sad endlessly since both Bhawani da and Tapan da were father figures for several of the current players. Like them, we will all miss their presence. I offer my deepest condolences to the two families. ATK ATK ATK