Legendary Indian footballer Chuni Goswami, 82, passed away in Kolkata on Thursday after a prolonged illness. India won the 1962 Asian games under his captaincy. Goswami had also represented Bengal in first-class cricket tournaments.
For the last few months, Goswami was suffering from underlying ailments with sugar, prostrate, and nerve problems. His family confirmed that Goswami was admitted to a city hospital earlier in the day and breathed his last at 5:00 p.m. after cardiac arrest.
One of the greatest Indian sportsmen ever, won gold at the Asian games, represented India in football, he later played first-class cricket for Bengal and guided them to the final of Ranji Trophy in (1971 – 1972), gave up the opportunity to play a Tottenham for his beloved Mohun Bagan. In his college days, he captained Calcutta University in both football and cricket in the same year.
For the service of Indian football, he was conferred with Arjuna Award (1963) and Padmashri Award (1983). The Indian Postal Department issued a commemorative stamp on his 82nd birthday in January to recognize his contribution to the game in the country.