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2017 In Review: The ones we lost

  • Published at 10:35 pm February 16th, 2018
2017 In Review: The ones we lost
International   Graham Taylor (September 15, 1944-January 12, 2017) English footballer, manager He was the manager of the England football team from 1990 to 1993, and also managed Lincoln City, Watford, Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers.   John Surtees (February 11, 1934–March 10, 2017) English Grand Prix motorcycle road racer and F1 driver He was a four-time 500cc motorcycle world champion, and the F1 world champion in 1964, and remains the only person to have won world championship on both two and four wheels.   Germaine Mason (January 20, 1983-April 20, 2017) Jamaican-born track and field athlete In 2006, he switched sporting allegiance, and then represented Great Britain. Mason won a silver medal for Great Britain at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.   Nicky Hayden (July 30, 1981–May 22, 2017) American professional motorcycle racer He won the MotoGP world championship in 2006. He won the AMA title in 2002 and was approached by the Repsol Honda team to race for them in MotoGP.   Cheick Tiote (June 21, 1986-June 5, 2017) Ivory Coast footballer He made his professional debut in 2005 with Belgium's Anderlecht. He signed for Newcastle United in 2010 and played 156 games for the club over six-and-a-half seasons.   Giacobbe “Jake” LaMotta (July 10, 1921-September 19, 2017) American professional boxer The Bronx boxer was a former middleweight boxing champion who went 14–0–1 (3 KOs) in his first fifteen bouts.   Jana Novotna (October 2, 1968-November 19, 2017) Professional tennis player from Czech Republic She won the women's singles title at Wimbledon in 1998 and was runners-up in three previous Grand Slam tournaments.   Local   Shamsul Islam Molla (1944-August 27, 2017) Bangladesh footballer Shamsul, father of former Bangladesh cricket team captain Khaled Mashud, was a former Bangladesh footballer and played for Pakistan youth side, Abahani Limited and Mohammedan Sporting Club Limited.   Sheikh Ainul Haque (1949-August 28, 2017) Swadhin Bangla football member One of the greatest Bangladesh defenders in history, Ainul played for Mohammedan and led the Swadhin Bangla team in three matches during the independence war.   Abdul Motaleb (1950-September 24, 2017) Bangladesh footballer Former national captain, Motaleb played as goalkeeper for Rahmatganj Muslim Friends Society and Abahani in the 1970s and 80s.   Amalesh Sen (1943-October 7, 2017) Bangladesh footballer Amalesh was one of the key midfielders of Swadhin Bangla which toured throughout India and played 16 friendly matches to raise international awareness and economic support for the 1971 liberation war.   Khwaja Rahmatullah (1961-October 24, 2017) Bangladesh hockey player Rahmatullah was a versatile midfielder in the country’s hockey arena during the 1980s. He played for Abahani for the majority of his club career.   Sabina Yeasmin (2006-September 26, 2017) Bangladesh footballer Sabina was not only a teammate but also a friend-cum-sister to the majority of the Bangladesh U-16 women footballers, and mostly to the ones who hail from Mymensingh’s remote village of Kolsindur.   Nazmul Karim Tinku (1961-April 18, 2017) BCB director Tinku was a BCB director and chairman of the umpire’s committee. He was also the general secretary of Kalabagan Krira Chakra and president of Kalabagan Thana Awami League.   Dr. Mohammad Manirul Amin Shammi (1971-December 14, 2017) BCB physician Dr. Amin was a former member of the BCB medical committee. He later joined the BCB’s medical department as a sports physician and remained intensely involved in the treatment and rehabilitation process of cricketers and the expansion of the department’s scope of operations till the time of his death.