Gulam Abbas Moontasir, Indian basketball legend, dies at 80

Gulam Abbas Moontasir, Indian basketball legend, dies at 80

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Category : Obituaries Published on: November 19 2022

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  • After a prolonged illness, the former India basketball captain and Arjuna awardee, Gulam Abbas Moontasir, passed away aged 80 in Mumbai, Maharashtra. 
  • The legendary player inspires hundreds of young basketball players due to his aggressive playing style.
  • A former India men’s team captain, Moontasir led India in 1969 and 1975 Asian Basketball Championships and was selected in the Asian All-Star team in 1970.
  • He became the first basketball player from India in 1970 to receive the Arjuna Award and continued playing till 1986 when he represented the Railways in the Federation Cup. 
  • He also made a place in popular culture and worked in a few Bollywood films.
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