Mumbai: All those who follow the badminton, can’t afford to miss the mention of legend of the sport, Vijay Madgavkar, the first Indian badminton champion way back in 1934 at the Calcutta Nationals. Born on July 8, 1914, Madgavkar, who represented Calcutta in national sport, was pioneer in promoting the badminton all across the country.
PV Bhende of VR Centenary Projects has decided to pay a fitting tribute to this sporting legend by organising various events in his memory in the months ahead ushering into his Centenary Year.
“It won’t be an exaggeration to say that it was Vijay Madgavkar, who introduced badminton to Indians and later worked towards promoting it all across from 1939 to 1952,” said PV Bhende, who himself had the privilege of playing alongside the champion shuttler.
“In 1935, Madgavkar partnered B Roy to claim the national doubles title and was also India’s first vice-captain cum manager of the Thomas cup side which lost to Great Britian in the semis,” recalls Bhende.
Madgavkar moved to Goa in 1952 and established Ore transport business, which was highly appreciated by the Portuguese administration, who gave him VIP status for the development of waterways.
However, he was destined to do something noble, as after moving to Mumbai in 1978 he involved himself with Baba Amte’s leprosy project. As a Managing Trustee and Chairman of Samidha Charitable Trust in Kalwa (Thane), he worked towards eradication of Leprosy.
His efforts were applauded by KM Munshi of Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan and also Noble Prize winner Mother Teresa. Later, due to ill health Madgavkar suspended all his activities in Mumbai and shifted to Goa, where on April 13, 2004 he passed away.
For details contact: PV Bhende, VR Bhende Centenary Projects (Vijay Madgavkar Centenary), 102, Vaikunth Co-operative housing society, Anand Kanan 37, Prathana Samaj Road, Vile Parle (East), Mumbai-400 057, Tel: 022-26185400.