Vastavam web: Seven-time former national champion swimmer Arun Kumar Shaw passed away following a prolonged illness, an official of the Bengal Amateur Swimming Association said. He was 82 and is survived by his wife. “He was suffering from age-related problems and breathed his last at 8.45pm Wednesday at his residence in Ravindra Sarovar,” the official said. Shaw was the first swimmer from Bengal to receive the Arjuna Award in 1967.
He reigned supreme for the Railways, winning the National championship in 1959, 1962, 1964, 1965-67 and set national records several times. Coming from a family of swimmers, Shaw retired from the Railways in 1996 as office superintendent, grade I. He was also a national selector for several years.