Chennai: Tamil Nadu sport suffered a setback in the death of G. Mohan Rao on June 8.
He was 75. Tall and strapping, Mohan Rao was a versatile sportsman and turned in exemplary performances in every sport he practised. He shone in five disciplines cricket, tennis, golf, table tennis and contract bridge.
Cricketers of Mohan Rao's time recall with a touch of nostalgia and admiration the explosive knocks he used to come up with at various city grounds. He authored a few devastating 50's for Royala Corporation in The Hindu trophy tournament, besides making sizable scores in the city league championship for MRC and MCC.
It was as a golfer that Mohan Rao won acclaim among his peers. How striking his progress was can be understood from the fact that starting with a handicap of 24 in 1967 he came down to six within a decade. He rubbed shoulders with top-notchers of his time; P.G. `Biloo' Sethi, Manjit Singh, Udhamjit Singh, and Lakshman Singh are a few who come to the mind.
As Secretary of Tamil Nadu Golf Association under the leadership of M.A.M. Ramaswamy, he was instrumental in developing the greens at the MGC course in Guindy in 1970s.
Mohan Rao's passion for bridge is well documented. He represented the State in several important tournaments.
Mohan Rao hailed from the famous Buchi Babu Naidu family.
He is survived by his wife.