Claudius` funeral to be held on Sunday

Kolkata: The mortal remains of legendary hockey player Leslie Claudius will be kept at the Ravindra Sadan for public veneration on Sunday afternoon followed by his funeral at the Lower Circular Road Cemetery in Mullick Bazar.

It was at the same place his third son Robert was laid to rest after the promising hockey player died in a road accident following his returned the 1978 World Cup in Mexico.

Claudius passed away yesterday afternoon after a prolonged illness and his body was today shifted to the Peace Heaven from where a procession would begin on Sunday at 10.40am.

"The procession will first head to his club Calcutta Customs and then the Veteran`s Club before reaching Ravindra Sadan where the body will be kept for one-and-half and hour," his son Brandon told PTI.

The procession is expected to reach Rabindra Sadan at 12.45pm where many dignitaries including Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and former Olympians are expected to pay their tributes.

"The state government is organising everything so many top dignitaries including Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee are expected to come and pay their last homage to Claudius at the Ravindra Sadan," Bengal Hockey Association secretary Gurbux Singh said.

From Ravindra Sadan, the funeral procession will head to St Paul`s Cathedral where there would be a mass before Claudius` final journey to the Lower Circular Road Cemetery in Mullick Bazar where the body would be laid to rest at 2.30pm.

The legendary Olympian`s two Australia-based sons, Bojo (Leslie Junior) and Richard, arrived last night.

Claudius is survived by his wife Vilia and three sons.

He used to live with his youngest son, Brandon, at a rented flat on the second floor of a mansion on the McLeod Street.