Vemuri Sudhakar, a respected BWF official from India, passed away here on Tuesday.

The 70-year-old Sudhakar, who has been battling COVID-19 in a private hospital for the last couple of weeks here, succumbed to the deadly virus. He is survived by wife and two daughters.

Sudhakar was known for his integrity and unbiased umpiring and had command over the rules and interpretations of badminton for close to four decades.

He has the distinction of representing India in three Olympics besides many World championships, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games in different roles as an official.

Veteran coach S.M. Arif, a Dronacharya awardee, was one of the first to express shock at the demise of his close friend. “I always shared my thoughts not just on badminton but about many aspects of life with Sudha. He was such a wonderful person, always speaking straight from the he art,” Arif told…

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