As Legendary Hockey Player Balbir Singh Sr. Passes Away, A Nation Grieves

The modern day Dhyanchand, as many would call him, Balbir Singh Sr. has passed away at the age of 95. The revered hockey player was first one to awarded the Padma Shri in 1957. He played pivotal roles in securing three Olympic golds for India, in 1948, 1952, and 1956. He had logged a record for most goals scored by an individual in a men’s hockey final of the Olympics.

On May 12 he had suffered a cardiac arrest, as tweeted by his grandson Kabir.

The news of his passing away didn’t just jolt an entire nation, this included sportsters, actors, politicians alike.

We pray peace for his soul, a man who re-shaped what hockey meant for the country with an illustrious legacy to uphold.

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