Hockey legend Balbir Singh Sr dies at 95
CHANDIGARH [Maha Media]: Hockey legend Balbir Singh Sr, a three-time gold medallist at the Olympics, died on Monday morning at the age of 95 in a Mohali hospital. Singh had been battling several age-related health problems for over two weeks. He breathed his last at 6.17 am.
Singh was under observation at a private hospital in Mohali after suffering a cardiac arrest earlier this month. He was admitted to the hospital in a very serious state with multiple organ failure due to bronchial pneumonia. While in hospital, he had suffered back-to-back mild cardiac arrests.
He was under ventilator support since May 12 and had tested negative for Covid-19. The veteran Olympian had tweeted a message on April 5 praying for the safety of all amidst COVID-19 outbreak.
Last year also he spent 108 days in the Respiratory Intensive Care Unit (RICU) due to bronchial pneumonia at PGIMER.
He lived with his daughter Sushbir Bhomia and grandson Kabir Singh Bhomia at his Sector 36 residence in Chandigarh.
One of the country's greatest athletes, Singh became the only Indian among 16 legends chosen by the International Olympic Committee across the modern Olympic history. His world record for most goals scored by an individual in the men's hockey final of the Olympics remains unbeaten. Singh had scored five goals in India's 6-1 victory over The Netherlands in the gold medal match of the 1952 Helsinki Games.