Two times Olympian footballers Shankar Subramaniam, alias Babu S.S. ‘Babu’ Nayaran passed away at 86 at his residence in Thane on Thursday. The news of his death was shared by the All-India Football Federation (AIFF). Nayaran suffered a cardio arrest after being discharged from the hospital. She went through surgery as well.
Nayaran was born in Palakkad district in Kerala on November 12, 1934. He was a superstar in the Mumbai local circuit. Nayaran played for Tata sport club, Matunga Students, Caltex and, Matunga Gymkhana. He lived with two daughters and a son.
He was a part of Maharashtra’s Santosh Trophy-winning campaign in 1964. He made his debut at the Melbourne Olympics against Yugoslavia on December 4, 1956.
He represented India in nine international matches. He also represented
‘Bombay’ in the Santosh trophy from 1956. He was also part of the National team that competed four years in Rome and incidentally is the last time an Indian football team qualified for the Olympics.
S.S. ‘Babu’ Nayaran passed away : Shankar Subramaniam, also known as Babu Nayaran, was a two-time Olympian who recently died. During the 1956 and 1960 Olympics, he was India’s goalkeeper.
Nayaran represented Maharashtra in both basketball and football. He was also a good performer on the basketball court. He emerged as one of the most reliable goalkeepers in Indian football. He played for the national time for a long time. He was an Indian goalkeeper during the 1956 and 1960 Olympics. He also represented India in the 1964 Asian games, where India finished in this tournament. Due to his stellar performance India finishing fourth in the 1956 Olympics.
He has been complemented by the Ministry of youth affairs and the support and government of India for his contribution to the 1956 and 1960 Olympics. He was honored by the FIFA president Sepp Blatter with the medal of honor and the AIFF for his contribution to the sport. AIFF President condoled his demise, saying,
“His contribution to football can never be forgotten.”
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