The great hockey player Mohammed Shahid has passed away. He was suffering from a serious liver and kidney illness after ignoring a bout of jaundice and was being treated at the Medanta Hospital at Gurgaon. He was 56.
Shahid, also known as the dribble wizard, was a part of the gold-winning Indian Hockey contingent at the 1980 Moscow Olympics. He received the Arjuna Award in 1981 and the Padma Shri in 1996.
Notes of grief and condolence for the deceased have been pouring in from all over.
Hockey India grieves the untimely loss of India Hockey Legend Mohammed Shahid, who passed away today, 20 July 2016. pic.twitter.com/Sh8Z8qvppe
— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) 20 July 2016
Pained nd saddened by da death of Md.Shahid.Despite our best efforts,we cud nt save him.May God give his family da strength 2 bear this loss
— Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) 20 July 2016
For the generation that wasn’t around, Mohd Shahid was a dazzling forward. One of India’s finest.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) 20 July 2016
In Mohammad Shahid, we have lost one of the legends of world hockey.
Condolences to his family. pic.twitter.com/KWWbq6nFwy
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) 20 July 2016
Over the last few days, Shahid’s condition had deteriorated. The sports ministry and Shahid’s employers, the Railways, were taking care of all his medical expenses. On Tuesday night, he slipped into coma.
Known for his artistic stickwork, Shahid was a member of the V Baskaran led Indian team that won its last gold medal at the 1980 Moscow Olympics. Shahid was also a part of the team that won silver at the Delhi Asiad in 1982 and bronze in the Seoul Asiad in 1986.
During his playing days, Shahid was known for his running ability, dribbling of the ball and push which was as fast as a hard hit. His attacking partnership on the field with Zafar Iqbal was well known.
“Zafar at left-out and Shahid at right in positions penetrated the best of the defences around the world with their superb understanding and passing of the ball. Zafar also pointed that Shahid was instrumental in the V. Baskaran-led India winning the gold medal at the 1980 Olympics Games. “Shahid played a crucial role for India in that Olympics, otherwise we would have been difficulty,” Zafar, who was part of that team, pointed.”
This is an immense and premature loss to the sports fraternity and to the nation, both having lost a legendary being. Our hearts go out to the family of Mohammed Shahid and we sincerely hope his soul rest in peace.
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