Dato’ Peter Velappan was born on October 1, 1935, and died on October 20, 2018.
He was a Malaysian association football administrator.
Velappan served as the General Secretary of the Asian Football Confederation from 1978 to 2007.
Peter Velappan was a student at the University of Birmingham, Loughborough College in the United Kingdom and McGill University in Canada.
Velappan became a teacher in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan before joining the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) in 1954.
Velappan was the Assistant Secretary of the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) from 1963 to 1980, during which he introduced professionalism in the country.
During 1972, Peter Velappan served as Team Manager and Coach, he guided the national team to qualification for the 1972 Olympics in Munich.
Velappan was appointed General Secretary of the AFC during 1978.
Velappan managed the entry of many member countries into the AFC during his tenure, which also saw Asia host its first ever FIFA World Cup.
Velappan served as the Coordination Director of the Organising Committee of the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea and Japan.
Velappan served under three AFC presidents: Malaysians Hamzah Abu Samah (1978–1994), Sultan Ahmad Shah (1994–2002) and Mohamed bin Hammam from Qatar (2002–2007). Velappan retired in 2007.
He was the Project Director of Vision Asia, a program devoted to popularising football at the grassroots level in Asia and raising the standards of performance to compete with the rest of the world.
Dato’ Peter Velappan died passed away at 83 years old.