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Meghalaya Sports Legend Jit Bahadur Bishwa: A Storied Career and Enduring Impact in Indian Athletic

Updated: Jan 12


Jit Bahadur Bishwa served as the Judge and Jury during the inaugural Meghalaya State Mini Olympic Games held in 2001 at Polo Ground, Shillong.
Jit Bahadur Bishwa served as the Judge and Jury during the inaugural Meghalaya State Mini Olympic Games held in 2001 at Polo Ground, Shillong.

Jit Bahadur Bishwa, a seasoned sports figure hailing from Meghalaya, passed away on October 13, 2023. Born on June 27, 1927, Bishwa, a war veteran who served in both the Indian Army and the British Army, had a notable sports career. He played for the Gorkha Youngman Team from 1951 to 1962. Subsequently, he was chosen by the Gorkha Army to represent the Services Team in Games held in Nepal Khelmand. Later, he participated in the SFA Calcutta for three years, engaging in prestigious tournaments like the Santosh Trophy.

Bishwa's involvement extended to professional boxing, where he competed in the All India Danapur Bihar in 1954 and the All India Calcutta Bengal in 1962. Additionally, he took part in the 1975 Boxing Competition at Meghalaya's NSE Hall, a event financially supported by mentor B.B. Lyngdoh. In his later years, Bishwa contributed to the sports community as a referee, judge, and jury. He also held the position of Vice President at the Y.M. C.A Club Shillong.


One of many trophies of Jit Bahadur Bishwa
One of many trophies of Jit Bahadur Bishwa

One of his significant roles was as the Judge and Jury for the inaugural Meghalaya State Mini Olympic Games in 2001 at the Polo Ground, Shillong, where he was honored for his contributions to the sporting community.

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