Veteran Sudbury athlete Ajit Singh Kalirai has passed away, aged 80.

Ajit, who lived in Fernbank Avenue, accumulated a huge number of honours in a very successful track and field career which spanned more than 60 years.

Only two months ago he secured a hat-trick of gold medals at the UK Masters Indoor Championships at Lea Valley in Enfield, winning the long jump, triple jump and 60 metres sprint.

Ajit, a past winner of the Asian Veteran Sportsman of the Year award, was made an MBE for his services to athletics three years ago.