Prez, Modi, condole demise of hockey legend Balbir Singh Sr

New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and other big leaders came in unison to condole the demise of hockey legend Balbir Singh Sr, who breathed his last on Monday morning in Mohali.
The legendary centre-forward, who won three Olympic gold medals in his illustrious career, died after battling multiple health issues for over two weeks at a Mohali hospital.
Taking to Twitter, President Ram Nath Kovind expressed his grief on the passing away of the hockey legend and wrote that Balbir Singh Sr ‘s legacy will continue to inspire future generations.”Sad to hear the passing of hockey legend Shri Balbir Singh Sr. A three-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Padma Shri awardee and one of India’s greatest athletes, his legacy will continue to inspire future generations. Condolences to his family, friends and admirers,” President Kovind said.
PM Modi also condoled the demise saying that the Padma Shri awardee will be remembered for bringing home lots of pride and laurels.
“Padma Shri Balbir Singh Sr Ji will be remembered for his memorable sporting performances. He brought home lots of pride and laurels. Undoubtedly a brilliant hockey player, he also made a mark as a great mentor. Pained by his demise. Condolences to his family and well wishers,” Modi tweeted.
Meanwhile, Home Minister Amit Shah posted a picture of him with Singh and said that the hockey legend had left indelible imprint on world with his stick.
“Pained to learn about the demise of Padma Shri Balbir Singh Sr ji, a legendary hockey player, who left indelible imprint on world hockey with his stick.I was fortunate to have met the lively and joyful Balbir ji, a three time Olympic gold medalist. My condolences to his family,” Shah tweeted.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also expressed his deepest condolences.
‘Anguished by the demise of one of India’s greatest Olympians, Balbir Singh ji Senior.His skill sets as a Hockey player were legendary and he was instrumental in scripting a success story for India in the history of the game. My heartfelt condolences to his bereaved family, ‘ Singh tweeted.
Singh, 96, is survived by his daughter Sushbir and three sons Kanwalbir, Karanbir, and Gurbir.
Balbir Sr was the most decorated athlete in Indian sports history with Olympic medals in 1948, 1952 and 1956 Summer Games.
He coached the Indian team which won the bronze medal at the 1971 World Cup and was manager of the Indian team that won the gold medal at the 1975 World Cup. He had scored five goals in India’s 6-1 victory over the Netherlands in the gold medal match of the 1952 Helsinki Olympics.
Under his captaincy, India scored 38 goals and conceded none on its way to the gold medal in 1956 Melbourne Olympics.
Beating England 4-0 in their own backyard during the final of the 1948 Olympic Games as an independent nation was Balbir Sr’s ‘greatest moment’.