Walk down memory lane for lovers of shuttle game

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Mumbai, Feb 6 (PTI) Nostalgia took centre stage as"Badminton 45", a private body comprising lovers of theshuttle game in this metropolis, felicitated champions ofyesteryear here.

Those honoured included former greats who are no longerwith us, and the glittering function was organised on theBombay Gymkhana lawns last evening.

Lifetime Achievement Awards posthumously were given toGeorge Lewis, winner of four national men''s singles titles onthe trot in the late 1930s before migrating to Canada, four-time national men''s singles champion Trilok Nath Seth andsilken smooth stroke players - five-time winner Suresh Goeland eight-time champion Syed Modi.

Also bestowed with a Lifetime Achievement Award worth Rs50,000 and a trophy was five-time women''s singles nationalwinner Pearl Goss.

Among other yesteryear stalwarts to be honoured wereNandu Natekar, ranked fourth in the world in his prime who wasadept at tennis too before switching his attention solely tobadminton, ex-All England champions Prakash Padukone andPullela Gopichand, two-time national men''s singles championVimal Kumar, Suman Deodhar, Sushila-Rege Kapadia, Ami GhiaShah, Madhumita Bisht and Aparna Popat.

"I have fond memories of Bombay Gyamkhana. I won my lastnational title (6th) on these courts in 1965 and then retiredfrom the game. Later on I won the G D Birla Masters Tournamentin its inaugural year. I am very happy that old players havebeen remembered today," said Natekar. (More) PTI SSR RSY SHN

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