3-Time Olympic Hockey Gold Medallist Balbir Singh Senior Passes Away at 95
GUWAHATI: Legendary hockey player Balbir Singh Senior passed away on May 25 at the age of 95 years.
The three-time Olympic Gold medallist was undergoing treatment at Fortis Hospital, Mohali where he had been hospitalized since 8th May.
Balbir Singh Senior was in a semi-comatose state since May 18 and had developed a blood clot in his brain after being first admitted to the hospital for bronchial pneumonia with high fever, reported national media.
He was the captain of the Indian hockey team at the 1956 Olympics and was the first hockey player to be awarded the Padma Shri in 1957.
"Padma Shri Balbir Singh Sr. Ji will be remembered for his memorable sporting performances. He brought home lots of pride and laurels. Undoubtedly a brilliant hockey player, he also made a mark as a great mentor. Pained by his demise. Condolences to his family and well-wishers." tweeted PM Narendra Modi expressing condolences on the legend's demise.