Mohali: The famous Indian Hockey Player Balbir Singh (95) was passed away. He was taking treatment since May 8 and he discharged at 6:30 am on Monday said Abhijit Singh, director of the Portist Hospital in Mohali.
Balbir Singh Dosanjh (31 December 1923 – 25 May 2020 )is a former Indian hockey player. Notably he is a three-time Olympic gold champion, having played a key role in India’s wins in London (1948), Helsinki (1952) (as Vice Captain), and Melbourne (1956) (as Captain) Olympics. Even today he is regarded as one of the greatest hockey players of all time.
Singh’s records started when he scored five goals in India’s 6–1 victory over the Netherlands in the gold medal game of the 1952 Olympic Games. The sources said that he is often called as Balbir Singh Senior to avoid confusions other Indian hockey players named Balbir Singh.
The Indian Hockey Association announced Singh will be the Manager and Chief Coach of the Indian team for the 1975 Men’s Hockey World Cup, in which India won, and the 1971 Men’s Hockey World Cup, where India earned a bronze medal.
During the London Olympics in 2012, Singh was honoured in the Olympic Museum exhibition, “The Olympic Journey: The Story of the Games” held at the Royal Opera House.