Arun Kumar Shaw died in Kolkata following prolonged illness. (Representational Image) © AFP
Seven-time national champion swimmer Arun Kumar Shaw died in Kolkata on Thursday following prolonged illness, Bengal Amateur Swimming Association confirmed in a statement. Shaw, 82, is survived by his wife. Shaw, who was the first swimmer from the state to receive the Arjuna Award in 1967, bagged his maiden national championship in 1958 as a member of the Bengal team before joining the South Eastern Railway.
Shaw won national championships in 1959, 1962, 1964, 1965-67 and set national records many times.
Shaw was also a national selector for several years.
Paying homage to Shaw, Bengal Amateur Swimming Association said in the statement:
“We pay our respectable homage to the departed soul of Arun Shaw and pray Almighty may his soul rest in peace.
“We have also received a condolence message from Shri Virendra Nanavati, Vice-President, IOA and CEO, Swimming Federation of India, which is also sent to you for your kind information,” Bengal Amateur Swimming Association president Ramanuj Mukhopadhyay said.
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