Tribute to Nanda Kishore Patnaik (Tutu Sir)

Football coach Nanda Kishore Patnaik (Tutu Sir) dies of Covid-19


TNI Bureau:  Sports lovers in Odisha mourn the demise of renowned Football Coach Nanda Kishore Patnaik, popularly known as ‘Tutu Sir’ who succumbed to COVID-19 at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar in the wee hours of Tuesday. He was 65.

He had tested positive for COVID-19 on May 12 and was admitted to a private hospital after his condition deteriorated.

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‘Tutu Sir’ had represented Odisha twice in Junior Football Championship in 1977 and 1978. He served as the coach of Odisha Women’s Football Team and won the Senior Women’s National Football Championship in Guwahati in 2011.

Nanda Kishore Patnaik had guided many girls, including Shradhanjali Samantaray, Ranjita Mohanty, Bishnupriya Mohanta and Runi Nayak to the national team who have brought laurels for the State.

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