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Hockey legend Balbir Singh Sr dies at the age of 95

Hockey legend and triple Olympic gold medallist Balbir Singh Sr passes away at 95

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Three-time Olympic gold medal-winning hockey legend Balbir Singh Sr passed away on Monday. The iconic player died after battling multiple health issues for over two weeks at Fortis Hospital Mohali.  Balbir Sr was in a semi-comatose state since May 18 after being first admitted to the hospital for bronchial pneumonia with a high fever. He had developed a blood clot in his brain and also suffered multiple cardiac arrests before his death.

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Balbir Sr was the only Indian among 16 legends chosen by the International Olympic Committee across modern Olympic history. Singh was in teams that won the Olympic title in London in 1948 and Helsinki in 1952. He led the side that won in Melbourne in 1956. His five goals in the 6-1 defeat of the Netherlands in 1952 remain a record for an Olympic final.

India beat the former colonial power Great Britain 4-0 in 1948. The finals had come a few months after the nation’s independence from England. Singh had scored two of India’s goals at Wembley stadium and became one of the biggest stars of the Games. He was invited as a living legend for the 2012 Games in London.

His world record for most goals scored by an individual in the men’s hockey final of the Olympics and still remains unbeaten. Singh was the first sportsperson to be awarded the Padma Shree, in 1957.

The iconic player was 95 and is survived by his daughter Sushbir and three sons Kanwalbir, Karanbir, Gurbir.

PM Modi and Eminent sports celebrities consoled his death,

PM Narendra Modi,

PT USHA,

Vijendra Singh,

Abhinav Bindra,

May His Soul Rest In Eternal Peace

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