He has trained athletes like M. D. Valsamma and Mercykuttan

Eminent athletic coach A. K. Kutty, who trained some of country’s leading track-and-field stars like M. D. Valsamma, died in Palakkad on Wednesday, family sources said.

A winner of the Dronacharya award, Mr. Kutty (75) had been keeping indifferent health for quite some time.

Mr. Kutty showed splendid skills in spotting talent and training them in a systematic manner to extract the best from his wards.

He also trained athletes like Mercykuttan.

Mr. Kutty served in the Indian Air Force, where he left a mark as an athlete. On retirement from service, he joined the Kerala sports council as a trainer.

The cremation will take place in Palakkad on Thursday.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy expressed grief at the passing away of Mr. Kutty.

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