India Olympic star Shahid dies aged 56
NEW DELHI: Hockey star Mohammed Shahid, who saw India to a gold award at the Olympic Games in 1980, passed on Wednesday, his family said.
The 56-year-old, who had been fighting an extreme liver sickness and kidney ailment, kicked the bucket in a doctor’s facility on the edges of New Delhi subsequent to being conceded there a month ago.
The previous skipper was evaluated as one of the best dribblers on the hockey field, and framed an imposing forward line with striking accomplice Zafar Iqbal.
However, the sportsman drove a relaxed life after his retirement as he withdrew toward the north Indian city of Varanasi – his origin – while working for Indian Railways.
Shahid, who played in three Olympics – 1980, 1984 and 1988 – saw the national side take its first gold award in the game subsequent to 1964.
Tributes poured in on online networking, including from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“In the less than ideal and tragic destruction of Mohammed Shahid, India has lost a capable sportsman who played with enormous energy and life,” Modi composed on Twitter.
“We attempted our level best to spare Mohammed Shahid yet unfortunately, neither our assistance nor supplications were sufficient to spare him. Tributes to him. Tear,” he included.
Indian cricket star Sachin Tendulkar additionally offered sympathies.
“A legend abandons us. Watching Mohammed Shahid’s enchantment with the hockey stick was significant. May his spirit rest in peace,” Tendulkar tweeted.