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Nandu Natekar honoured
John F Williams | 21 Feb 2012

In 1956, the world saw the talent of Badminton when Nandu Natekar became the first Indian player to win a title outside the boundaries of India.

Indian Badminton legend Nandu Natekar , the Ex Indian Badminton legend  was felicitated by One Sports, a Mumbai based company, on Sunday at the Bombay Gymkhana for his contribution towards the sport.

 Natekar was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was given to Nandu Natekar by Michael Ferreira, Indian Billiards player also known as "The Bombay Tiger."

 Natekar won over 100 National and International titles for India in a career spanning to 15 years. He won the Men's Doubles National Championship a total of six times, Men's Singles National Championship a total of six times, and Mixed Doubles National Championship a total of five times.

 In 1956, the world saw the talent of Badminton in India when Nandu Natekar became the first Indian player to win a title outside the boundaries of India.

The award was given to Nandu Natekar after the finals of the Inter-club badminton carnival. The  Carnival pits some of the top most teams against each other to decide who will hold aloft the THWACK trophy

The age groups were all above 45 in age but one major innovation was the 90+ and 100+ age group combinations where in the two partners ages put together must be above 90 and 100. There was no minimum age criteria and this means that club members of even below 45 can partner a senior player and so forth.

There was also a family doubles event , where in pairs of Father-daughter, mother-son and husband-wife combinations will be playing a knock-out event for the very first time. Here too there is no age cut-off criteria making the event really open.

This badminton carnival aims to  bring badminton back  into the family backyard, as it used to be earlier as a family event.