Hockey icon Balbir Singh Sr passes away at 95

Three-time Olympic gold medal-winning hockey legend Balbir Singh Sr breathed his last on Monday after battling multiple health issues for over two weeks. He was 95.

Singh, who was member of the 1948 London Olympics gold medal-winning Indian hockey team, apart from being the vice-captain of the 1952 victorious side and skipper of the 1956 champions, had been admitted to the hospital earlier this month on May 8 due to pneumonia and was on ventilator support. He passed away at 6:17 am on Monday.

‘Role models such as him come very rarely’, Twitter paid homage to hockey legend Balbir Singh Sr on his demise. Singh, whose full name was Balbir Singh Dosanjh but was called Senior to differentiate from the other five Balbirs who played for India in later years, was also the oldest surviving Olympic medallist from India, a record which now passes on to his 1948 London Olympics team-mate Keshav Dutt.

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