On Monday, three-time Olympic gold-winning hockey legend Balbir Singh Sr dies. The Hockey legend Balbir Singh at Mohali based Fortis Hospital passes away in Monday morning, Abhijit Singh, Director of Fortis Hospital said. At the age of 95, Hockey Olympian Balbir Singh Sr breathed his last on Monday. He was admitted in Fortis hospital in Mohali and passes away at 6.00 am, said Hospital Director. Balbir Singh Sr is survived by three sons and a daughter.
Balbir Singh Sr died on Monday in Mohali Hospital. He was 95. A former Indian Hockey team captain, Singh was part of teams that won three Olympic gold medals including 1948, 1952 and 1956. The team led by Singh also won silver medal in Asian Games silver in 1958. Balbir Singh Sr. was India's top hockey player and three-time Olympic gold medalist, had recently fallen ill and admitted to Fortis Hospital in Mohali. Where he was moved on a ventilator. On Monday succumbed to his illness he breathed his last at 6AM today.
Balbir Singh was a senior hockey player and was a member of the Indian team that won gold medals in the Olympics in 1948, 1952 and 1956. He was also the captain of the Indian team in the 1956 Olympics. In recognition of his contribution, he was awarded the Padma Shri in 1957. Balbir Singh Sr was the part of Hockey team played and won three Olympics gold medals in Men’s hockey. He played at Centre forward position and was the backbone of the team during his time, said a fan of him. Balbir Singh Sr. was instrumental in helping India win gold medals in London, Helsinki and Melbourne Olympics. He scored five goals in India's 6-1 victory over the Netherlands in the 1952 Helsinki Olympics final and the record is still intact.
Born on 10 October 1924 in the village of Haripur Khalsa in Jalandhar district, Punjab, on Monday passes away. Fortis Hospital Director intimated on the death of Balbir Singh Sr a legendry Hockey player in Indian Team.
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Sports personalities pained over Death
Among sports personalities who paid last tribute over Balbir Singh’s death, Indian Boxer Vijendra Singh tweeted -‘Deeply pained to hear the news about passing of legendary Balbir Singh Senior ji (Three time Olympic Gold Medalist) He will continue to be a source of inspiration for our generations My hearfelt condolences to his family and friends May his soul rest in peace’.