Former National Champion Swimmer Arun Kumar Shaw Dies

Updated: 07 December 2018 00:23 IST

Arun Kumar Shaw was the first swimmer from the state to receive the Arjuna Award in 1967.

Former National Champion Swimmer Arun Kumar Shaw Dies
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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Highlights
  • Shaw was the first swimmer from the state to receive the Arjuna Award
  • Shaw, 82, is survived by his wife
  • Shaw won national championships in 1959, 1962, 1964, 1965-67
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