Former Table Tennis Champion Vilas Mantri, who represented Maharashtra in the early 60s is no more. He passed away on Tuesday evening in the hospital in Mumbai, where he was being treated for his ailment. He was 68 . He is survived by his wife, two sons, daughters in law and grand daughters. For the past few years, Vilas was not keeping good health and was hospitalized on few occasions.
Table Tennis had always been his passion since his childhood and he went on to show his progress in this game at the age of 15, when he represented Maharashtra Juniors at the nationals and even won the doubles crown along with his partner Uday Gurjar. Vilas, who later joined Reserve Bank of India, played for RBI team for almost 20 years and won many trophies for RBI team. Vilas also won many titles in Men’s doubles during 70s, partnering T.N.Gopal. During late 60s and early 70s he was in top form defeating many national ranked players, including then national champions Niraj Bajaj & Gautam Diwan. After his retirement from the game, Vilas had also served as Hon.Secretary of Bompay Table tennis Players Association , Hon.TT Secretary of PJ Hindu Gymkhana and Jt. Hon.Secretary of MSDTTA
Many prominent TT players have paid tributes to this champ, after the news about his sad demise spread on social networking sites.
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