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JAMMU: Former national volleyball coach Achutha Kurup has passed away here on Tuesday morning. He was 75.
He was the coach of the Indian volleyball team that won a Silver in the 1986 Asian Games held in Seoul.
Achutha Kurup retired while playing for the Services and then took coaching lessons. He has served as the coach of Sports Authority of India (SAI). He was also the forerunners who helped in bringing up SAI in Bengaluru. He became the coach of the Indian team in 1986, and the team won the Silver in the International Friendship Volleyball Championship held during 1989 in Japan.
He was also the coach of the Indian women volleyball team in 1982 Asian Games held in Delhi, besides being the coach of the Indian men’s team in 1987 and 1989 South Asian Federation (SAF) Games.
He was also appointed as the coach of the Indian team by the Volleyball Federation in 1988 for the 1990 Asian Games but he had to back off from taking up the responsibility well before 1990 because of his differences with the Federation.
In a condolence meeting held under the chairmanship of Sidharth Daluja, President Volleyball Association of Jammu and Kashmir, all members expressed deep condolence on the demise of Kurup.
Chief Executive Officer VAJK and Associate Secretary Volleyball Federation of India, Kuldip Magotra, who accompanied the Chief Coach of Indian volleyball team, Achutha Kurup in 1986 Asian Games at Seoul, Korea where in Indian volleyball team secured bronze medal, said in his death the game of volleyball has lost one of the best coaches.
They observed two minutes silence as a mark of respect to the departed soul.
They also prayed to almighty to grant eternal peace to the departed soul and courage to the bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss. The condolence meeting was attended by office bearers of VAJK including Honourary General Secretary, V.K Magotra, Executive Vice President, H.S Gill, Treasurer R.C Sharma, Executive Members, Akbar Ali and Mohd Tariq besides others. The office bearers and Secretary General, Volleyball Federation of India along with Indian Volleyball fraternity also conveyed their heart-felt condolences to the bereaved family.
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