The iconic player known for winning gold in the Olympics thrice has passed away at the age of 95. The hockey legend died on Monday after two weeks of battling multiple health issues.
Survived by his daughter Sushbir and three sons Kanwalbir, Karanbir, Gurbir, Balbir Singh Sr was admitted to a private hospital in Mohali on May 8. Since May 18, Singh was in a semi-comatose state and had developed a clot in his brain after he was admitted to the hospital earlier for high fever and bronchial pneumonia.
On May 25, he reportedly died at around 6:30, early morning.
Balbir Singh Sr was the only Indian among the 16 legends chosen by the International Olympic Committee across modern Olympic history, which makes him one of the country's greatest athletes.
His world record for most goals scored by an individual in the men's hockey final of the Olympics still remains unbeaten.