New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: Ace sports commentator and author Novy Kapadia passed away on Thursday, November 18 due to long illness at the age of 68. Widely hailed as the ‘voice of Indian football’, Kapadia was reportedly suffering from a motor neuron disease that led him to stay confined to his home for last two years during the pandemic.

Kapadia, author of the bestselling sports title ‘Barefoots to Boots: The Many Lives of Indian Football’, was reportedly kept on life support since the last one month.

"We are saddened by the demise of Novy Kapadia, eminent journalist, commentator, and football pundit. May his contribution shine through everyone he has touched through his coverage of #IndianFootball #RIP," said All India Football Federation (AIFF) on Twitter.

Novy Kapadia was known amongst Indian football enthusiasts as one key voice of authority on Football. As a journalist, Kapadia covered multiple FIFA World Cup tournaments and his behind the game encyclopedic insights were considered exemplary.

He also served as English literature professor in the Sri Guru Teg Bahadur (SGTB) Khalsa College at Delhi University.

Akhil Kaul, a recent graduate of the Class of 2021 of SGTB Khalsa College, who has also represented CISF’s Football team at multiple state and national level football events in past, recalled Kapadia as a rare figure of Indian football upon whom youngsters like himself looked up for both insights and inspiration.

“He would finish his work in the college at around 3:30 in the evening and then sometimes on alternate days he would oversee the football practice at Noida stadium,” Akhil told Jagran English, recalling that the veteran loved to interact with young football enthusiasts like himself. “It’s a major loss for football. He analysed the game, played the game and also taught in our college. We don’t find such diverse people in Indian football much,” Kaul added.

Tributes pour in for Novy Kapadia from all over the nation

Senior sports author and commentator Boria Majumdar took to Twitter and posted a video condoling Kapadia’s demise, explaining how he made a difference to the Indian sports, especially the Football.
“You will forever be remembered in the annals of Indian sports,” Majumdar said.

Producer-filmmaker Boney Kapoor also took to the micro blogging site to pour his tributes to Novy Kapadia.

“RIP Novy Kapadia - commentator, journalist, author and more importantly he was the voice of Indian Football. His contribution to #Maidaan was immense. We shall miss you,” Kapoor wrote on Twitter, referring to Ajay Devgn-starrer sports drama that had contributions from Kapadia as well.

Sports commentator Aakash Chopra also took to Twitter and expressed his prayers for Kapadia’s departed soul.

The well-known sports commentator was surviving with the help of former students and a professional attendant. He is not known to have survived by any of his immediate family members.

Posted By: Mukul Sharma