Veteran athletics coach Purushotham Rai died because of a cardiac arrest on Friday, tragically a day before he was once to be conferred with the distinguished Dronacharya Award. He was once 79.
“He took part in the rehearsal for the National Sports Awards but later suffered heart attack and passed away,” a best AFI reliable advised PTI.
The National Sports Awards rite will probably be held just about on Saturday because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Rai was once to obtain the Dronacharya Award from President Ram Nath Kovind within the lifetime class. He coached best athletes corresponding to Olympian quartermiler Vandana Rao, heptathlete Pramila Aiyappa, Ashwini Nachappa, Murali Kuttan, MK Asha, EB Shyla, Rosa Kutty and GG Pramila.
“It is a tragic incident and we at AFI are shocked. He spent his whole life for athletics and he made immense contribution to Indian athletics. We condole his tragic demise and express our condolences to his family,” mentioned AFI president Adille Sumariwalla.
Rai started his training occupation after securing a degree from Netaji Institute of Sports in 1974. “He was a good coach under whom many top Indian athletes including many Olympians had trained. It is such a sad incident to pass away just a day before receiving the award,” mentioned former long-jumper Anju Booby George, considered one of India’s athletics nice.
Rai additionally coached the Indian workforce for the 1987 World Athletics Championship, 1988 Asian Track and Field Championships and 1999 SAF Games. He was once additionally considering training roles at Services, Department of Youth Empowerment & Sports (DYES), and Sports Authority of India (SAI).