From PM Narendra Modi to Abhinav Bindra: Rich tributes pour in as hockey legend Balbir Singh Sr passes away

WION Web Team
New Delhi, India Published: May 25, 2020, 12:56 PM(IST)

From PM Narendra Modi to Abhinav Bindra: Rich tributes pour in as hockey legend Balbir Singh Sr passes away Photograph:( PTI )

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Social media was flooded with rich tributes as hockey legend Balbir Singh Sr passed away, aged 95, after combating multiple health issues for over two weeks.

Three-time Olympic gold medal-winning hockey legend Balbir Singh Sr breathed his last on Monday after combating multiple health issues for over two weeks. From Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Olympic gold-medallist Abhinav Bindra, PT Usha to Virat Kohli, everyone paid rich tribute to Balbir Singh Sr following his demise at the age of 95. 

"He died at around 6:30 this morning," Abhijit Singh, Director Fortis Hospital, Mohali, where he was admitted on May 8, told PTI.

Balbir Singh Sr orchestrated India’s three gold medal-winning campaigns at the Olympics and was also the manager of the side that won the 1975 Hockey World Cup.

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Padma Shri Balbir Singh Sr. Ji will be remembered for his memorable sporting performances. He brought home lots of pride and laurels. Undoubtedly a brilliant hockey player, he also made a mark as a great mentor. Pained by his demise. Condolences to his family and well wishers,” PM Modi tweeted.

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“Saddened to hear of the demise of one of India's most celebrated Olympians, Balbir Singh Sr. Athletes and role models such as him come very rarely, and it was an honour to know him, and I hope his example will continue to inspire athletes from around the world!” Bindra wrote on Twitter.

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“Saddened to hear about the passing of the legend, Balbir Singh Sr. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family in this time of sorrow. @BalbirSenior” Kohli tweeted.

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“Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Balbir Singh Sr ji. An athlete par excellence and a role model beyond words! His bestowed hands may strengthen my passions more. My condolences to his family, friends and fans! #balbirsingh #Balbirhockey,” PT Usha wrote.

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Balbir Sr was in a semi-comatose state since May 18 and had developed a blood clot in his brain after being admitted to the hospital for bronchial pneumonia with a high fever.

Balbir Sr’s world record for most goals by an individual in the men’s hockey final of the Olympics stands to date.

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