The Indian hockey legend Balbir Singh Dosanjh passed away at the age of 95 on Monday after he battled major health issues for over two weeks. The three-time Olympic gold winner was hospitalised 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.
Singh was admitted at a private hospital in Mohali where he was under observation as he suffered a cardiac arrest earlier this month. He was admitted to hospital in a serious condition as his multiple organ failed due to bronchial pneumonia. While in hospital, he had suffered back-to-back mild cardiac arrests.
He lived with his daughter Sushbir Bhomia and grandson Kabir Singh Bhomia at his Sector 36 residence in Chandigarh.
Balbir Sr. was one of the legend 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 1956 Melbourne Olympics.