Balbir Singh Sr was conferred with the Padma Shri in 1957.© Twitter
Balbir Singh Sr, one particular of India’s biggest hockey players, died on Monday immediately after battling numerous health issues for above two months. The legend is survived by his daughter Sushbir and 3 sons Kanwalbir, Karanbir, and Gurbir. “He died at all-around 6:thirty this early morning,” Abhijit Singh, Director Fortis Hospital, Mohali, wherever he was admitted considering that May well 8, told PTI. His grandson Kabir later on sent out a message stating, “Nanaji handed absent this early morning.” The 3-time Olympic gold medallist was in a semi-comatose condition considering that May well eighteen and experienced made a blood clot in his brain immediately after getting very first admitted to the hospital for bronchial pneumonia with substantial fever.
He was hospitalised immediately after encountering substantial fever and experienced 3 cardiac arrests all through the system of his therapy.
One particular of the country’s most attained athletes, the legendary centre-forward was the only Indian between 16 legends preferred by the Intercontinental Olympic Committee (IOC) throughout modern Olympic history.
His planet report for most ambitions scored by an individual in the men’s hockey closing of the Olympics even now stays unbeaten.
He experienced scored 5 ambitions in India’s 6-1 victory above the Netherlands in the gold medal match at the 1952 Helsinki Game titles.
He was conferred with the Padma Shri in 1957. Balbir Sr’s 3 Olympic gold medals arrived in London (1948), Helsinki (1952) as vice-captain, and Melbourne (1956) as captain.
He was also the supervisor of India’s only World Cup-winning side in 1975.
It was the fourth time in the previous two many years that the former captain and mentor was admitted to the Intense Care Device (ICU). In January past 12 months, Balbir Sr used more than 3 months in hospital simply because of bronchial pneumonia.
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