Former Olympian football player and member of the 1962 Asian Games gold medal-winning Indian team O Chandrasekharan passed away at his residence in Kochi on Tuesday at the age of 85 years. The information has been collected from his family sources. A source close to the family told PTI that Chandrasekaran, who played a defender during his playing days, was suffering from age-related ailments for some time. He also captained the Indian team in some tournaments.
He was a member of the Indian football team that participated in the 1960 Rome Olympics, besides the gold medal winning team at the 1962 Jakarta Asian Games. Hailing from Irinjalakuda in Thrissur district, the former player represented India in 25 matches from 1958-1966. He made his debut in the Asian Cup Qualifiers in 1959. He was part of the Indian team that participated in the Merdeka Cup in 1961. The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has consoled the death of Chandrasekaran.
O Chandrasekaran represented Maharashtra at the domestic level in the Santosh Trophy from 1959–1965. In which the team became the champion in 1963. He played for the Caltex club from 1958 to 1966 and then for the State Bank of India from 1967 to 1972. In his condolence message, AIFF President Praful Patel said, “Sad to hear that Chandrasekaran is no more. He was a vital part of one of the most successful Indian teams of all time and his contribution to the game in India will never be forgotten. I share this grief. I send my condolences to his family and pray for his soul to rest in peace.”
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