Arun to be paid homage at BNS today | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, November 18, 2008 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, November 18, 2008

Arun to be paid homage at BNS today

The fans and colleagues of Arun Nandi will get a chance to pay last homage to the late swimmer and freedom fighter whose dead body will be brought to the Bangabandhu National Stadium at 10 am.
The dead body of Arun, who died at his sister's residence in Kolkata on Sunday morning at the age of 68, reached in the capital in the afternoon yesterday after crossing the border at Benapole in the morning.
Earlier, a 12-member delegation including Mahbubur Rahman Shahin, the newly elected general secretary of Bangladesh Swimming Federation (BSF), received the body at the Benapole border at 11 am.
The body of the National Sports Award winner was then taken to the National Swimming Complex in Mirpur in the evening, where swimmers and members of the sports arena paid their respect.
The long-distance swimmer and a former Bangladesh Swimming Federation vice-president, Arun went to Kolkata for treatment on November 3 but breathed his last at the West Bengal capital that had made him famous during our Liberation War.
In October 1971, Arun who was a bachelor, set a new world record of non-stop swimming for the longest period -- 90 hours and five minutes -- at the Lake Square in Kolkata to raise fund and create opinion the Liberation War of Bangladesh.

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