Legendary Hockey Player Balbir Singh Senior Passes Away
Hockey legend and triple Olympic gold medallist Balbir Singh Sr. passed away on Monday.
Legendary former hockey player Balbir Singh Senior passed away in a private hospital near Chandigarh in the early hours of Monday, his family said.
He was 96 years old. His condition was critical for nearly a fortnight.
He was undergoing treatment at Fortis Mohali and was in a "semi-comatose condition".
Balbir Sr was part of the Indian teams that won the gold medal at the 1948 London Olympics, Helsinki 1952 and Melbourne 1956.
His record for most individual goals scored in an Olympic men’s hockey final remains unbeaten.
Balbir had set this record when he scored five goals in India's 6-1 win over Netherlands in the gold medal match of the 1952 Games.
He was the head coach of the Indian team for the 1975 men's World Cup, which India won and the 1971 men's World Cup, where India earned a bronze medal. He was also conferred with the prestigious Padma Shri in 1957.
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