Akshay Kumar mourns Hockey legend Balbir Singh’s loss of life& |  Photo Credit: Twitter
The sports activities fraternity has misplaced certainly one of its iconic legends as three-time Olympic gold medal-winning, veteran hockey participant Balbir Singh Sr handed away, this morning. The 95-year outdated was battling a number of well being points because the final two weeks. He was reportedly in a semi-comatose state since May 18 and had developed a blood clot in his mind after being first admitted to the hospital for bronchial pneumonia with excessive fever. In a press release launched by the hospital to PTI, “He died at around 6:30 this morning.”
Akshay Kumar, who holds a eager curiosity in sports activities and likewise had the fortune to fulfill the Hockey legend, simply took to Twitter to mourn the unhappy demise of Balbir Singh. “Saddened to listen to concerning the demise of hockey legend #BalbirSingh ji. Have had the nice fortune of assembly him up to now, such an incredible character! My heartfelt condolences to his household”, tweeted Akshay together with a candid image of his chat with Balbir Singh.
Balbir Singh is a pillar of inspiration to many aspiring gamers. His world file for many objectives scored by a person within the males’s hockey last of the Olympics nonetheless stays unbeaten. He had achieved 5 objectives in India’s 6-1 victory over the Netherlands within the gold medal match of the 1952 Helsinki Games. Under his captaincy, India scored 38 objectives and conceded none on its technique to the gold medal in 1956 Melbourne Olympics. However, Balbir considers the victory within the 1948 London Olympics as the best second of his profession because it was India’s first Games as an unbiased nation the place it beat England 4-Zero within the finals. “There was no greater joy for me than seeing the tri-colour going up. The National Anthem and the fact that we beat our rulers (British) on their home soil to win and retain the Olympic hockey gold can never be forgotten. Never,” Balbir was quoted saying in an interview.
Balbir Singh is survived by his daughter Sushbir and three sons Kanwalbir, Karanbir, Gurbir.