Indian table tennis was left mourning after two veteran coaches Bhawani Mukherji and Tapan Bose died here on Friday.
Mukherji died aged 68 due to an unspecified stomach ailment at home in Zirakpur, while Bose, 78, suffered a heart attack a little later at his residence here.
Mukherji is survived by his wife and a son and Bose is survived by his wife, one son and one daughter.
"Mukherji was suffering from a stomach ailment and passed away at his residence," TTFI secretary general, MP Singh told PTI.
The two coaches shared a good rapport with Mukherji serving as an assistant to Bose before taking over the reign as head coach at NIS, Patiala after the latter's retirement in 1974.
Mukherji, who was the first Dronacharya awardee in table tennis, did his schooling and graduation from Ajmer where his father was a medical practitioner.
He joined the National Institute of Sports (NIS) Patiala in the mid-seventies after obtaining diploma in coaching.
He was the head coach at NIS Patiala and ...