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Former AIFF Secretary PP Lakshmanan passes away

News 30 Apr 2018, 20:37 IST
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New Delhi, Apr 30 (PTI) Former AIFF Secretary PP Lakshmanan passed away today in Kannur after prolonged illness.

He was 83.

Lakshmanan served AIFF as the Secretary from 1988 to 1996. He was earlier associated with AIFF as Chairman of the Junior Technical Committee, before shifting to the Working Committee in 1982.

He also served the AIFF as the Honorary Treasurer from 1984-88.

He went on to become senior Vice President of AIFF in 1996 and eventually, became Executive President in 2000, before leaving office four years later.

Condoling his death, AIFF President Praful Patel said it is a massive loss for Indian football.

It is very sad to hear that Mr. Lakshmanan is no more. His contribution to Indian football can never be forgotten. He was a visionary and had laid the path for the development of Indian Football over the years. May his soul rest in peace, he said in his condolence message.

AIFF General Secretary Mr. Kushal Das in his message said: He was a very capable administrator whose passion for Football stay unparalleled. May his soul rest in peace. We share the grief.

Mr. Lakshmanan who served the Kerala Football Association as the vice-president from 1971-88, was also elected as the KFA President from 1980-88.

He was also an eminent member of the AFC Appeal Committee, AFC Player Status Committee and AFC Competition Committee during his tenure. He served as the Deputy Chairman of the AFC Player Status Committee for two years (1998-2000). Moreover, he acted as the Executive Committee Member of the Indian Olympic Association for five years (1991-96).

He was also appointed as the Head of Delegation of the Indian Football Team for Asian Games in the Korea Republic, and the Deputy Chef de Mission in the SAF Games held at Islamabad in Pakistan

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