Nepal’s 1st Olympian Silwal passes away

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
Nepal’s 1st Olympian Silwal passes away

Sep 21, 2012-

One of the first Nepali Olympians Bhupendra Silwal passed away at the Birendra Army Hospital in Chhauni at the age of 78 on Thursday night.

Resident of Godavari, Silwal was suffering from the tumor of stomach and also had ailments from high blood pressure, blood sugar and jaundice.

He was admitted to the hospital following a severe adversity in his health on Monday.

He is believed to have taken his last breath while undergoing an operation for his tumor.

Silwal along with Ganga Bahadur Thapa had participated in the Olympics Games of 1964 in Tokyo, Japan.

He began the new era in Nepali sports by competing in the athletics in the country's maiden Olympic participation.

But he attained the hype after running bare-foot in the Asian Games in 1958 to finish seventh before his Olympic experience.

Silwal was in the audience in this year's Olympics held in London to cheer for the Nepali team. Silwal was also presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by NSJF earlier this year.

The deceased body of late Silwal was kept at the premise of Nepal Sports Council on Friday for the last rites.

Secretary of Youth and Sports Development Sushil Ghimire, paid tribute to Silwal by covering his dead body with national flag while players, officials, referees and sports journalists offered their condolence.

Silwal’s body was cremated at the Pashupati Aryaghat on Friday. Silwal is survived by his wife and a son.

Published: 22-09-2012 09:35

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