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Hockey Legend Balbir Singh Sr Passes Away

Chandigarh: Three-time Olympic gold medal-winning hockey legend Balbir Singh Sr died right here on Monday after battling a number of well being points for over two weeks.

He was 96 years previous. He’s survived by his daughter Sushbir and three sons Kanwalbir, Karanbir, Gurbir.

“He died at around 6:30 this morning,” Abhijit Singh, Director Fortis Hospital, Mohali, the place he was admitted on Might 8, advised PTI.

He was present process therapy at Fortis Mohali and was in a “semi-comatose condition”.

Balbir was hospitalised on Might Eight with excessive fever and respiration bother. His COVID-19 take a look at got here damaging.

He was a part of the Indian groups that received gold on the 1948 London Olympics, Helsinki 1952 and Melbourne 1956. His report for many particular person objectives scored in an Olympic males’s hockey remaining stays unbeaten.

Balbir had set this report when he scored 5 objectives in India’s 6-1 win over Netherlands within the gold medal match of the 1952 Video games.

He was the pinnacle coach of the Indian workforce for the 1975 males’s World Cup, which India received and the 1971 males’s World Cup, the place India earned a bronze medal. He was additionally conferred with the distinguished Padma Shri in 1957.

One of many nation’s biggest athletes, Balbir Sr was the one Indian amongst 16 legends chosen by the Worldwide Olympic Committee throughout fashionable Olympic historical past.

(With Company Inputs)

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