Gopal Phadke passes away
Pune | Tuesday, Oct 20 2009 IST
Former national Kho-Kho player and eminent coach Padmashri Gopal Phadke died at his residence here today, after a brief illness. He was 80. Phadke is survived by two sons. His wife died last year.
Phadke represented Maharashtra in National Championships for a number of years. After retiring from the game, he took charge of the famous Arya Krida Dharak Mandal, which carved out a niche for itself in the filed of Kho-Kho. Honoured with the Dronacharaya award in 2000, he produced some noted players and Arjun award winners in the game from Pune. Known as Gopalrao affectionately, he also coached the Pune University men's and women's teams for a number of years, helping them win laurels in the inter-university tournaments.
He was also instrumental in coaching the Maharashtra men's and women's team in National Championships for a long time. He was awarded Padmashri in 2007.
A fitness fanatic, Phadke was operated for kidney stone about three months back, but continued to suffer from ill health.
Several players, administrators and students of N M V High School attended his funeral at the Vaikunth crematorium.
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