Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has sent his condolences to the Indian football family and the All India Football Federation (AIFF) on the passing of its former Vice President and Tamil Nadu Football Association President C. R. Viswanathan on Tuesday. He was 85 years old.
He served the AIFF with distinction as its Vice-President from 2004 to 2008 and was a member of its Executive Committee as well as the Chairman of the Technical Committee from 2008 to 2012. He was also the President of the Chennai District Football Association from 1984 to 2009 and the Coimbatore District Football Association from 1972 to 1974.
The AFC President said: “On behalf of the AFC and the Asian football family, please accept my deepest condolences and sympathies on the passing of C. R. Viswanathan.
“Asian football has been blessed with esteemed administrators and leaders who have laid the foundations for our great game to flourish over the years. C. R. Viswanathan takes his place as one of the pioneers of Indian football and we will always cherish his incredible contributions to the game,” added Shaikh Salman.
Viswanathan also played a pivotal role in the construction of the Nehru Stadium and contributed significantly to the hosting of the Nehru Gold Cup International tournament in 1993 and the South Asian Federation Games in 1995.
The thoughts and prayers of the AFC and the rest of the Asian football community are with the loved ones and friends of Viswanathan, the AIFF and the Indian football family during this difficult time.