Three-time Olympic gold medallist hockey player Balbir Singh on Monday passed away at the age of 95 after battling multiple health issues.“Balbir Singh passed away this morning,” Balbir’s grandson Kabir said in a statement. The veteran player suffered a cardiac arrest on May 12 and after that, he suffered two more cardiac arrests during the course of his admission to the hospital. His MRI report also displayed a blood clot in his brain.
Speaking about his health condition, Balbir’s grandson Kabir had earlier said “Hemodynamically near stable but condition is critical. He has not suffered any further cardiac events since the last update. MRI report shows a small fresh blood clot in the brain which is insufficient to explain continued unconsciousness. He is currently in a semi-comatose condition.
Secondary near pan-resistant Klebsiella infection detected in the lungs. Fresh pneumonia patches also detected in the lungs. Treatment is being attempted. He continues to be on ventilator support. Doctors are continuously accessing his condition, it added.
Balbir Singh was a three-time Olympic gold champion. He played a key role in India’s Olympic victories in London (1948), as a vice-captain in Helsinki (1952) and as the captain in Melbourne (1956). In his illustrious playing career from 1947-1958, Balbir won 61 international caps and scored a whopping 246 goals. He also worked as a manager for the 1975 World Cup-winning team.