Legendary soccer goalkeeper Peter Thangrajan passes away

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Bokaro, Nov 25 (UNI) Arjun award recipient and legendary soccer goalkeeper Peter Thangarajan, who also represented the country at the Olympic games, passed away here late last night.

He was 70 and is survived by his wife, three daughters and a son.

According to family sources, Peter, who also figured twice in the Asian All Star Football Team in te 1960s, was suffering from excessive cold for the past three days and was admitted to Bokaro General hospital yesterday where he breathed his last at 2330 hrs.

Born on December 25, 1938 in Hyderabad he represented the country at the Melbourne Olympics in 1956.

He also took part in the Rome Olympics (1960) and pre-Olympics in 1964.

Besides, he was included in the prestigious team representing India at the Asian Games held in Japan (1958), Indonesia (1962) and Bangkok (1966).

After finishing his education, he joined the army at Secunderabad.

Durinng his illustrious soocer career he played as goalkeeper for Mohameddan Sporting (1961), Mohun Bagan (1963), East Bengal (1965) and won Santosh Trophy in 1976as sports officer.

After retiring from the Army, he joined Bokaro Steel Plant in 1976 as sports officer.

In 1996, his service was extended for another 10 years by the BSP management.

He continued to act as sports adviser to the BSP.

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