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Tributes pour in for hockey legend Balbir Singh Senior

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From India’s first individual Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra to Indian women’s hockey team captain Rani Rampal, the Indian sports fraternity, on Monday, came together to pay their tributes to hockey legend Balbir Singh Senior, who passed away at the age of 95 on Monday.

A three-time Olympic gold medallist, Balbir, breathed his last after battling multiple health issues for over two weeks. His world record for most goals scored by an individual in the men’s hockey final of the Olympics still remains unmatched. He had scored five goals in India’s 6-1 victory over the Netherlands in the final of the 1952 Helsinki Olympic Games. He was later conferred with the Padma Shri in 1957. He was also the manager of India’s only World Cup-winning side in 1975.

Rani Rampal wrote that she was pained to lean about the death and that he will continue to inspire future generations. PT Usha also wrote that she was ‘deeply saddened.’

Not only the sports fraternity but prominent celebrities, from movie stars to politicians also took to Twitter to pay tribute.

 

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