Legendary badminton player Nandu Natekar, the first Indian to win an international title in 1956, died in Pune on Wednesday.
The 88-year-old, who won over 100 national and international titles in his career, was suffering from age-related ailments.
He is survived by his son Gaurav and two daughters. "He passed away peacefully at home and we were all with him and he has been ailing for the last three months and he passed away peacefully," Gaurav said.
Natekar, who was considered one of most popular sports persons of his time, was also a former World number three.
Born in Sangli in western Maharashtra, Natekar won over 100 national and international titles in a career spanning over 15 years. He was also conferred with the prestigious Arjuna Award in 1961.