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India: India’s oldest residing Olympians

India: India’s oldest residing Olympians


India’s oldest residing lady Olympian, Mary D’Souza, whose feats within the 1952 Olympics as a part of the primary batch of girls India was sending to the Video games stay forgotten in all elements of India besides her hometown in Goa, turned 92 on Tuesday.

At present residing together with her daughter in the US after struggling via years of being harassed by her landlord in Mumbai, the 92-year-old Mary D’Souza took a break from her exercise of enjoying on-line bridge on Tuesday as her close to and pricey ones held a small ceremony.

Asia’s quickest lady within the Nineteen Fifties, Mary had turned 21 throughout the 1952 Olympics in Finland.

Had Mary’s 1952 second occurred in current occasions, governments and personal entities would have been falling over one another to sponsor her. However occasions had been so totally different then that nobody wished her on the twenty first birthday and her achievement by no means discovered place even on the household desk.

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Mary is the oldest lady Olympian India nonetheless has to treasure. Throughout genders, there are 7 surviving Indian Olympians above the age of 90.

The world over, there are 11 surviving Olympians above the age of 100. 9 of them are from Europe, one is from USA and one is from Canada. 99-year-old Wu Chenzang of China, a basketball participant from the 1948 Olympics, is the oldest residing Olympian from Asia.

Oldest Indian Olympians

Olympian Beginning date Sport Medals Olympics editions
Amit Singh Bakshi 17/9/1925 Hockey Gold 1956 Melbourne
Suhas Chatterjee 1925 Water Polo 1948 London
Raghbir Lal 15/11/1929 Hockey Gold, Gold 1952 Helsinki, 1956 Melbourne
Mary D’Souza 18/7/1931 Athletics 1952 Helsinki
Valli Asari Mookan 1931 Weightlifting 1956 Melbourne
Muhammad Salaam 1931 Soccer 1956 Melbourne
Sajan Singh 4/4/1932 Wrestling 1960 Rome



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