Nandu M. Natekar
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Natekar has won over 100 national and international titles for India in a career spanning 15 years. Natekar was the first Indian to win a title abroad, in 1956. Natekar is a director of Natekar Sports and Fitness (NSF).
- Won National level Men's Singles and Doubles Championship, as well as Mixed Doubles, multiple times in India.
- He has reached the last 8 in the All England Championships.
- Included among 'the Greats' in a souvenir published by Malaysia during the Thomas Cup series in 1954-55.
- Men’s Singles Champion in the Selangor International Tournament in Kuala Lumpur in 1956. His victory was also the first international victory by an Indian badminton player.
- Recipient of the first Arjuna Award instituted in 1961.
- Voted the most popular sportsperson of India in 1961.
- Natekar and Meena Shaw won the Mixed Doubles title at Bangkok’s King’s Cup International Tournament in 1962. Won the Men’s Singles title at the same event in 1963.
- Represented India at the Commonwealth Games in Jamaica in 1965.
- Awarded Meritorious Service Award by the IBF in 1989.
- Honoured at the Jagatik Marathi Parishad in Mauritius in 1991.
- Awarded Life-time Achievement Award by the Petroleum Sports Control Board of India in January, 2001.
- Awarded Sahyadri Navratna Puraskar in 2002, titled Ratna Saurabh.
- In the years 1955,1956,1958,1960,1961,1963 - Badminton India Archives - Men's Doubles
- In the years 1953,1954,1958,1960,1961,1965 - Badminton India Archives - Men's Singles
- In the years 1953,1954,1961,1966,1970 - Badminton India Archives - Mixed Doubles
- Ruia College - Awards and Distinctions
- Indian Express (newspaper)
- Badminton India Archives - Individual Championships
- Badminton India Archives - Awards
- The Hindu (newspaper)