Veteran Football Commentator Novy Kapadia Dies
Veteran Football Commentator Novy Kapadia Dies After Prolonged Illness
Novy Kapadia was involved in commentary for decades and it was not just restricted to football. He had been part of the Olympics, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and other multi-sport events.
- Novy Kapadia died on Thursday
- He died due to a prolonged illness
- He was 67-years-old
Rendered immobile because of the condition, he was confined to his house for the last two years. Kapadia was left bed-ridden for the last couple of years and was most recently in the news due to issues with his pension, prompting former Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju to intervene and provide a financial aid of Rs 4 lakh.
The versatile Kapadia was involved in commentary for decades and it was not just restricted to football. He has been a part of the Olympics, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and other multi-sport events.
Kapadia, who founded the Ashoka Club and played active football in the local league, was held in high esteem by the players, officials, scribes and everyone else associated with Indian football and beyond.
He was sought after for his knowledge and experience in the sport and it is encapsulated in his seminal book, ‘Barefoot To Boots, The Many Lives Of Indian Football’. He also authored The Football Fanatic’s Essential Guide Book in 2014.
Besides his involvement in sports, Kapadia was also a former professor at SGTB Khalsa College, Delhi University. He was Deputy Proctor of the university from 2003-2010. The Indian football fraternity was devastated by the news of his death.
“We are saddened by the demise of Novy Kapadia, eminent journalist, commentator, and football pundit. May his contribution shine through everyone he has touched through his coverage of Indian Football,” the All India Football Federation tweeted.
Top clubs such as Bengaluru FC, ATK Mohun Bagan and Kerala Blasters too expressed their shock and sadness, calling it a massive loss for Indian football. Football Delhi too mourned the death of Kapadia who was often referred to as the “voice of Indian football”.
“Novy Kapadia made an unparallel contribution to football in Delhi, he represented Delhi State Team in the Junior National Championship and played in the Delhi league for many years,” Football Delhi president Shaji Prabhakaran said in a statement.
“Novy was a legend in many respect, his passion and dedication for football can’t be expressed in words. Indian football has lost a legend, who was married to football and his connection with football was very deep rooted.
“I haven’t come across a second person in Indian football who commanded such an authority and respect. Novy was our inspiration, his writing, commenting, expert opinions, etc were greatly inspiring to each of us in Indian football. His departure is a big loss for Delhi football in particular.”
In Kapadia’s memory, Football Delhi will hold a prayer meeting at the Ambedkar Stadium on Monday.
May his soul rest in peace, and may others be inspired by his actions in various fields, and remember him.