Indian basketball legend Montasir passes away

Indian basketball legend Ghulam Abbas Muntasir passed away in Mumbai on Tuesday night after a prolonged illness. He was 80 years old.

A former India men’s team captain, Montasir led India to the Asian Basketball Championships in 1969 and 1975 and was selected in the Asian All-Star team in 1970. Over his long and illustrious career, he built a reputation for aggressive play and was fiercely competitive on the court. ,

He was awarded the Arjuna Award in 1970.

Born in Mumbai in 1942, he started playing basketball at the age of nine, while Montsir’s older brothers were into bodybuilding. Montasir learned basketball from American missionaries in Nagpada, and eventually represented India in 1958 at the age of 16.

“We were partners in Western Railway and then he moved to Central Railway. I knew him for a long time because I used to play basketball in the beginning and he was always with me. That and Zafar bhai, so I have literally grown up with him and it was very sad to hear this news. sportstar, “Give courage to his family to bear this loss…”

After retiring from the game in 1986, at the age of 44, Montasir wrote a book titled ‘Principles of Basketball’.

He also acted in two Bollywood films – Khoon Ki Takkar in 1981 and Aashiyana in 1986.

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