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Former India hockey left-winger Usman Khan passes away

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New Delhi, June 4 (IANS) Former India hockey player Usman Khan has passed away following a prolonged battle with cancer, Hockey India announced on Friday. The stylish left-winger was 76.

Khan is survived by three sons and a daughter, and was based in Madanapalle, Andhra Pradesh.

A retired Assistant Commissioner of Customs, Chennai, he was a stylish left winger. He played hockey at the Madrasi Azam Ground before shifting to Kolkata and joining the Customs. In Kolkata, Khan played for the Calcutta Customs and also represented Bengal in the National Championships for several years.

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“He is remembered for his excellent abilities as a left-winger and was a very stylish player in those times. On behalf of Hockey India, I extend our deepest condolences to his family in this moment of grief,” said president Gyanendro Ningombam.

–IANS

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