Former Indian women’s hockey team captain Elvera Britto dies aged 81

Former Indian women’s hockey team captain Elvera Britto has died of old age-related problems here on Tuesday. She was 81 years old.

Elvera, the eldest of three famous Britto sisters (the other being Rita and Mae), ruled the domestic circuit from 1960 to 1967, leading Karnataka to seven national titles.

She represented India against Australia, Sri Lanka and Japan.

In 1965, Elvera became only the second female hockey player since Ann Lumsden (1961) to receive the ‘Arjuna Award’.

Elvera lived single all her life like her sisters.

Hockey India extends condolences on Elvera’s death.

HI President Gyanendro Ningombam said in a statement: “It is saddening to learn about the passing away of Elvera Britto. She was ahead of her times and achieved so much in women’s hockey and continued to serve the sport as an administrator with the state.”

“On behalf of Hockey India and the entire hockey fraternity, we would like to express our deepest condolences to her family.”


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