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Postage stamp in memory of legendary T Ao

A postage stamp as a mark of respect to the legendary footballer Talimeren Ao was released on the occasion of the centenary year of his birth anniversary at a function held at Sports Authority of India (SAI) complex playground at Paltan Bazar in Guwahati.

Talimeren Ao, an ace footballer who was born on January 28, 1918, was instrumental in popularizing football in Assam. He was captain of the Indian Football Team in their first official match in 1948 London Olympics.

Paying his rich tributes to this legendary footballer on the centenary celebrations of his birthday, Assam governor Jagdish Mukhi said that T Ao was the man behind in promoting and popularizing football in India and more particularly in Assam.

He also said that besides being a footballer, T Ao was a doctor by profession who worked as an assistant civil surgeon.

Taking a bow of reverence, Mukhi termed T Ao as an extraordinary personality in whom the Almighty has intertwined a talented footballer and a genius physician.
He also congratulated SAI for having organized the birth centenary celebrations in the honour of Ao. At the same time the governor also reiterated his government’s commitment to transforming Guwahati into a sports capital of the country. He also hailed the state government’s efforts in organizing international sporting events successfully in Guwahati.

He also called upon the younger generation to emulate the sports talents like T Ao and bloom their sports acumen inherent in them by using the sports infrastructural facilities available in the state.

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