Nikhil Nandy, a prominent member of the 1956 Indian football team that finished a creditable fourth in the Olympics, is no more. Also regarded as one of the first names in the country to play as an ‘half-back,’ Nandy breathed his last on Tuesday afternoon after failing to recover from COVID-19 complications, according to his family. He was 88 and is survived by wife, a son and two daughters.

“He contracted COVID-19 in September and underwent treatment in a city hospital for around 45 days. He was not keeping well since returning from the hospital and his condition deteriorated recently as he stopped responding to treatment,” said his son Samir Nandy. 

Nikhil Nandy made his debut for India in the 1953 Asian Quadrangular Tournament in Burma (now Myanmar). He turned out for the National side in the same tournament in 1955 before travelling to Melbourne to participate in the…

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