Indian Olympic footballer Nikhil Nandy passes away

India’s Olympian footballer Nikhil Nandy died on Tuesday, December 29, after a prolonged illness. He was 88.

A member of the 1956 Melbourne Olympics team which finished fourth, Nandy played as a half-back, and was also a part of the side that notched up a semi-final finish in the 1958 Asian Games in Tokyo, Japan.

All India Football Federation President Praful Patel said in a condolence message: “It is sad to hear that Mr. Nikhil Nandy is no more. His contribution to Indian football will never be forgotten. I share the grief.”

General Secretary Kushal Das said: “Nikhil Nandy was a gifted player and will always be alive in his achievements. He has been the inspiration of so many footballers. We pray for his soul to rest in peace.”

The Nandy brothers – Nikhil and his two elder brothers Santosh and Anil – hold the unique record of representing India in the Olympics. His two elder brothers played at the 1948 London Olympics.

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