Veteran scribe T N Pillay passes away

  • Pioneer in sports journalism
  • Founder of women cricket association
  • Former Sports Editor of DC

HYDERABAD: Veteran sports journalist T.N. Pillay, who has been suffering from multiple health problems for sometime passed away on Friday morning. He was 82.

After a brief stint in film journalism, Pillay joined Deccan Chronicle as Sports Reporter in 1957 and rose to the level of Sports Editor, in which capacity he worked for over four decades. A doyen among sports journalists, many, who got trained under him, are now placed in top positions on the Sports Desks of various national and regional news papers besides TV channels.

Apart from guiding many young aspiring journalists in the sports field, Pillay also encouraged many cricketers to scale new heights with an in-depth news coverage of various cricketing events and critical analyses of budding cricketers. As a matter of fact, he was responsible for starting the erstwhile A.P. Women’s Cricket Association to encourage and guide many youngsters to excel and become top cricketers to represent both at the State as well as national level.

Telangana English Journalists’ Association, in a statement here, expressed a deep sense of sorrow over the demise of Pillay and said in his death, the sports journalist fraternity had not only lost an eminent sports writer, but also a father figure. President M.P. Rabindranath and secretary S. Ramamurthy of TEJA conveyed their condolences. Former chairman of SAAP Konda Lakshma Reddy expressed shock at the demise of Pillay and said he was one of the senior-most sports journalists. Pillay strove for the development of various sports activities in the Telangana region. Pillay was instrumental  in the formation of AP Women’s  Cricket Association which produced many eminent women cricketers, who had represented even the country and brought laurels to  Telangana., he pointed out and conveyed his deep-felt condolences to the members of the bereaved family.

The Press Club of Hyderabad also condoled the death of Pillay and said in his demise the journalist fraternity lost a veteran and noble person. (NSS)

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