A memorial was organized in the capital today (December 15, 2017) in remembrance of former AIFF President Late Mr. Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi who had passed away at the age of 72 on November 20, 2017.
As a mark of respect, the AIFF Flag had flown at half-mast at the AIFF Headquarters in the capital on November 20 and a minute’s silence was observed prior to kick-off for all AIFF matches. In addition, the Hero I-League launch on November 21 also observed a minute’s silence prior to the league’s launch ceremony.
Mr. Dasmunsi was first elected as the AIFF President in December 1988 when he succeeded Mr. Khalifa Ziauddin to the post and played a stellar role in laying the foundation for the growth of Football in the country. It was under his leadership that Vision India Projects were launched along with the National Football League, and later the I-League along with the AIFF Elite Academy in Goa.
It was also under his tenure that India won the AFC Challenge Cup in 2008 in Delhi to qualify for the AFC Asian Cup Doha 2011 for the first time since 1984; and also the 2007 Nehru Cup.
Mr. Dasmunsi also served as a member of the AFC Executive Committee, the AFC Technical Committee, and was also the Chairman of AFC Legal Committee. He was a member of the FIFA Court of Arbitration and acted as the Vice-President of the Indian Olympic Association.
Besides that, he was also actively involved as a FIFA Technical Study Group Member in 1995 Women’s Women Cup (Sweden) and a Match Commissioner in 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup (USA).
The former AIFF President was the first Indian to attain the privilege of being the special Duty officer at the 1998 France World Cup and the 2002 Korea Japan World Cup. He was also the Chef`de Mission of the India Olympics Contingent in 2004 in Athens and Match Commissioner for two World Cup Matches in 2006 Germany World Cup. In addition, Mr. Dasmunsi was also the Venue in charge for FIFA World Cups for three consecutive editions France 1998, Korea/Japan 2002 and Germany 2006.
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