P.R. Viswanathan, who headed The Hindu’s sports bureau at Bangalore for more than 25 years, passed away here on Thursday evening.

‘PRV’, as he was fondly called by his peers and the sports fraternity, was 68. He was ailing for a while. PRV is survived by his mother, wife, son and daughter.

An all-rounder when it came to reporting sport, PRV excelled in writing exhaustive reports on a wide variety of sports and was also an astute guide to aspiring journalists.

Having started his career with The Mail in Chennai, PRV joined The Hindu’s Bangalore edition in 1971 and served the paper with great distinction till his retirement in 1998.

Always sporting a smile and ready with a warm anecdote, PRV kept his peers in good spirits in press boxes across the country during assignments.

The Sports Writers Association of Bangalore condoled the passing away of a ‘cherished mentor.’

The Karnataka State Cricket Association expressed its heartfelt condolence at the passing away of PRV. “To many of us at the KSCA, PRV was a guiding force as we built our careers. The world of sports journalism will be poorer for his passing away," said KSCA President Anil Kumble in a statement from London. — Special Correspondent

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