Tuesday, October 7, 2014

OLYMPIAN ABDUL RAHMAN

T.Abdul Rahman (Thazhatheri Abdul Rahman) was a well known Indian Footballer who was member of the Indian National Football team which participated in 1956 Melbourne Olympics.He played as defender of that team which reached up to Semi final and scored the 4th position.
T.Abdul Rahman was later known as 'Olympian Rahman' and was a well known personality.He was born on 20th January 1934 at Kozhikode and his fascination of football began from early childhood and his parents and family members only  kindled his passion.He gave much importance to play than studying at school and stopped studying at school after 4th grade.He started playing for local clubs in Malabar from then on and earned much popularity as a skillful player.Thus he was chosen for playing for  prestigious football clubs like Rajasthan Club and Mohun Bagan Club of Kolkata.
Olympian Abdul Rahman was the best left back as well as the left winger in the country.
He was in the Malabar Team which reached the semifinals of the Rovers Cup in 1954.
He represented Bengal in the Santosh Trophy National Football Championship nine times between 1955 and 1966 out of which the team won four times.
His debut against an International team was in 1955 against Russia at Thiruvananthapuram. 
In the Olympics team of 1956 he was a key member and displayed his best performance which the football lovers very much appreciated.
Due to the injuries he could not participate in the Indian team for the 1960 Rome Olympics.
After participating in the Indian team, he again played for the Mohun Bagan club of Kolkata.He retired from the game in 1967.
The Kozhikode District Football Association has set up an Academy in Kozhikode in his memory and the intention is to train young football aspirants especially from Malabar area.
The Kozhikode Medical College Football Stadium will be  named after him.
Olympian T.Abdul Rahman died on 15th December 2002 at Kozhikode.


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