New Delhi: Olympic gold winner and one of the greatest names in Indian Hockey, Mohammed Shahid, passed away on Wednesday at Gurgaon Medanta Mendicity after battling a severe liver condition and kidney failure. He was 56.
Mohammed Shahid was part of the hockey team that won the 1980 Moscow Olympics. The hockey team, before leabing for Rio, had met the the legend.
Last month, on June 29, Mohammed Shahid was admitted to the SSL Hospital at Banaras Hindu University with severe stomach pain and was later flown to Delhi after his health started deteriorating.
He is survived by his wife Parveen Shahid and twin children Mohammad Saif and Heena Shahid.
Mohammed Shahid burst on to the hockey scene in the Junior World Cup in 1979, aged 19. Shahid later caught the eye of Vasudev Baskaran who led the Indian hockey team in the Moscow Olympics. Shahid’s speed and an ability to dribble the ball with utmost precision had made him a popular name in the 19080s.