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He brought football closer to people: Sunil Chhetri’s tribute to Novy Kapadia

Novy Kapadia passed away on November 18 and was 67 years old.© Twitter

Indian football captain Sunil Chhetri has the death of renowned journalist and commentator Novy Kapadia. He suffered from motor neurone disease and died Thursday. “Novy Kapadia’s passing is the loss of an institution. He brought the game closer to all of us in a way that was unique to him. He will always be a chapter in Indian football history that we will regularly turn to,” said Chhetri in a tweet. Novy Kapadia was a well-known football expert who covered nine FIFA World Cups. He was also a writer and authored Barefoot To Boots, The Many Lives Of Indian Football and The Football Fanatic’s Essential Guide Book.

In March 2020, the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports approved Rs 4 lakh to Novy for its medical expenses.

The decision was made after it came to light that he would not yet receive his pension at Delhi University from where he retired after 40 years of service as a professor.

He also received financial assistance from the Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay National Sports Welfare Fund.

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