Dr. T. Ao

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Dr. Talimeren Ao (T. Ao)

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Dr. Talimeren Ao

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Dr. Talimeren Ao

Legendary footballer

Famous for

Was the captain of the Indian football team that first represented thes country in an international tournament.

He played barefooted like many of his team-mates. The Indian team was eliminated in the first round.

In national competition, Ao played for Mohun Bagan between 1943 and 1952. In the 1950 Durand Cup final, he switched teams when the goalkeeper of his opponent's team had to leave the field due to injury, and helped the Hyderabad Police squad draw the match.

Factfile

Born : 28th January, 1918 (fourth of eleven children)

Birth Place : Changki Village,Mokokchung District,Nagaland

Height : 5' 10"

Position: Half Back

Father's Name : Rev. Subongwati Ao

Wife's Name : Deikim Doungel

Nick Name : William

Death : 13th September 1998, in Kohima, Nagaland.

Factfile

Born : 28th January, 1918 (fourth of eleven children)

Birth Place : Changki Village,Mokokchung District,Nagaland

Height : 5' 10"

Position: Half Back

Father's Name : Rev. Subongwati Ao

Wife's Name : Deikim Doungel

Nick Name : William

Death : 13th September 1998, in Kohima, Nagaland.

Education

School : He was the First Boy of Impur Christian School and Captain of School Football Team and in (1937 he was the Best Footballer of All Assam Inter School Football Championship) then Jorhat Christian Mission School and also he was the Captain of School Football Team.

College : Cotton College of Guahati, Assam as a Science Student and also the Captain of College Football team.

Degree : MBBS from R.G.Kar Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata.(1950)


Career as doctor In 1953, the Government posted him as Assistant Civil Surgeon, to Kohima Hospital, Nagaland. Dr.T.Ao rose to become the first Naga Director of Health Services. He held this post till his retirement in 1978.

Football

First Club : Maharana Club of Guahati,Assam.

Kolkata Big Club : Mohunbagan A.C and was the Captain for 3 Times. (1943-1952)

Kolkata Club (1943-1952) : Mohun Bagan A.C and was the Captain for 1948 and 1949. He was the first NAGA community Captain of Mohunbagan. Under his leadership Carmichael Medical college won Elliot Shield in the year 1943.

        • Mohun Bagan's great Defender Legendary Player Sarat Das brought T.Ao to Kolkata and Admitted him at Carmichael Medical college and placed the young talent to then Mohun Bagan's Official and Legendry footballer Abhilash Ghosh.

1948 - He was the Captain of First Indian Olympic Football Team (Barefoot) - LONDON Olympic.

    • In the Olympic match India beat France 2-1 and the barefoot T.Ao met Queen Elizabeth II.

1951 - Played against Foreign Teams like Hongkong, Phillipines, Thaiiland, Singapore, Japan, France, Burma etc.

Important results

See the two charts, both from sports-reference

Achievements

• He was the winner of All Assam Inter School Athletic Meet in 1937.

• In the year of 1946 and 1947 - He was the winner in Individual Championship Trophy at the Kolkata University Athletic Meet.

• He was the first NAGA Community Sports Commissioner of India.

• In 1968 he was selected a member of the All India Football Selection Committee and became a member of the All India Council of Sports and the Nagaland Sports Council.

Honours

MOhun Bagan Ratna

Mohun Bagan acknowleged his contribution and gave his " MOHUN BAGAN RATNA" award posthumously in 2002.

By honour Cotton College of Guwahati, Assam named their indoor Stadium after him.

Institutions named after him

Dr.T Ao DONER footbal tournament organised by Sports Authority of India (SAI) Imphal centre, Manipur government and All India Football Federation under the sponsorship of department of Develoment of Northeastern Region (DONER) and All India Football Federation.

Eight north eastern states including Sikkim and two teams of SAI (Blue) Manipur and SAI (Red) Assam normally participate in the championship.

Dr. T Ao Award for Sports is the highest category of awards in the field of sports and games in Nagaland.

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