Indian hockey legend Balbir Singh Dosanjh breathed his last at the age of 95. Mr. SIngh is popularly known as Balbir Senior. He was battling multiple health issues for over two weeks. The triple-Olympic champion was hospitalized in Mohali on May 8 and has been on ventilator support.
In January last year, Balbir Sr. was discharged from PGI after spending 108 days in the hospital, where he underwent treatment for bronchial pneumonia.
Forward par excellence, Balbir Sr. was one of the most decorated athletes in Indian sports history with Olympic gold medals in 1948, 1952 and 1956 Games. He also coached the Indian team to its first and only World Cup win in 1975 in Malaysia.
His world record for most goals scored by an individual in the men’s hockey final of the Olympics still remains unbeaten. He had scored five goals in India’s 6-1 victory over the Netherlands in the gold medal match of the 1952 Helsinki Games. Under his captaincy, India scored 38 goals and conceded none on its way to the gold medal in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics.
He is survived by his daughter Sushbir and three sons Kanwalbir, Karanbir, and Gurbir.