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T. R. Govindarajan passes away at 90

T. R. Govindarajan, one of the long-standing and distinguished football administrators of the State, passed away here on Tuesday. He was 90 years.

TRG as he was fondly known, served Tamil Nadu Football Association in many capacities as Secretary for 24 years (1975-78, 1980-82 & 1990-2008), Vice-President, Assistant Secretary and Treasurer. TRG retired as Office Superintendent in Southern Railway.

TRG was the first Secretary of Madras Football Association when it was formed in 1978. Known for his tenacious memory even in his twilight years, TRG was involved in framing the new TFA Constitution.

As a referee, he officiated in all important tournaments in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. He was a National referee from 1958. He has officiated as a referee in the finals of 1967 Santosh Trophy at Cuttack and the quadrangular tournament in Colombo in 1968.

After active refereeing, he was a match commissioner, referee’s instructor and examiner of All India Football Federation (AIFF) and officiated in Santosh Trophy, National Football league and other National Championships.

Later, he was the member of the AIFF Referees Board Committee for more than a decade. He was also its Deputy Chairman and Chairman. At the State level (TFA), he was the President and Secretary of TFA’s Referees Board.

TRG is synonymous with Netaji Sports Club. He was one of its founders, when the Club was formed in 1946. He held the post of the Secretary of Netaji for 56 years till 2006. Netaji SC was the only private club that had been in the senior division of the Madras league (MFA/CFA) for over 55 years. Netaji was bought by Rohit Ramesh in late 2013 and was renamed as Chennai City FC, which topped the CFA first division league last season.

In a condolence message, Ravikumar David, former Secretary, TFA who has worked with TRG said: “I learnt a lot from him. His prompt and specific action on the day-to-day administration was a special trait.” — Special Correspondent

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