CHANDIGARH: Legendary hockey player and Padma Shri awardee Balbir Singh Senior died today morning at the age of 95.
The three-time Olympic gold champion breathed his last at 6.00 am in a Mohali hospital.
Balbir Singh (Senior) is survived by three sons and a daughter.
One of the greatest hockey players of all time, Balbir Singh had been battling several age-related health problems for over two weeks. He was under ventilator support since May 12.
The veteran Olympian has played a key role in India’s win in London, Helsinki and Melbourne Olympics, Balbir Singh was born on October 10, 1924, at Haripur Khalsa village.
The world moaned the loss of the iconic hockey player.
A legend of our times is no more. RIP Balbir Singh Senior- 3 time Olympic gold winning #Hockey icon. I mourn this loss alongside Indian hockey fans worldwide. My deepest condolences to Balbir Singh Senior’s family. The entire nations stands with them in their hour of grief.#RIP pic.twitter.com/bCUzZdsyaf— Harsimrat Kaur Badal (@HarsimratBadal_) May 25, 2020
IOA mourns the passing of legendary Balbir Singh Sr. In his demise Indian sports has lost one of its most revered Hockey stalwarts and an iconic #Olympian Balbir ji will always remain alive in our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers to his family and friends. #RIP💙 #TeamIndia🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/MqjXQ2pfzT— NOC India (@WeAreTeamIndia) May 25, 2020
Pained to learn about the passing away of three-time Olympic gold medal winning hockey legend, PadmaShri S. Balbir Singh Senior. It’s a major loss for the nation & #Hockey world. May God grant peace to the departed soul & strength to bereaved family.@BalbirSenior @TheHockeyWorld— Som Parkash (@SomParkashBJP) May 25, 2020
No words of mine can express the sadness in my heart on the demise of Balbir Singh Sir, @BalbirSenior three time Olympian.His simplicity touched many hearts in the World Hockey. I humbly extend my sincere & heartfelt condolences. May his soul RIP & give strength to his family 🙏 pic.twitter.com/MhkPmkn9kL— Dhanraj Pillay (@dhanrajpillay1) May 25, 2020
Heartfelt Condolences on the passing away of Triple #Olympics #GoldMedalist coach of #WorldCup winning teams #PadamShree @BalbirSenior His passing away is a personal loss as I shared a personal bonding with him Fine human being legend in his own life forever remembered in Chd& Pb pic.twitter.com/0WZZnqF3rn— V P Singh Badnore (@vpsbadnore) May 25, 2020