Legendary Indian Hockey player Charanjit Singh dies

Jeremy Caroll

Captain of India’s 1964 Tokyo Olympics gold medal-winning hockey team, Charanjit Singh, passed on Thursday at his home in Una, Himachal Pradesh suffering a cardiac arrest that followed prolonged age-related sicknesses. The former mid-fielder was 90 and would have turned 91 next month. He is survived by two sons and one daughter.

“Dad was paralysed after suffering a stroke five years back. He used to walk with a stick but since the last couple of months, his health deteriorated and this morning he left us,” V P Singh told PTI.

Other than captaining the Olympic gold-winning group in 1964, he was also a part of the silver-winning side in the 1960 edition of the Games. He was likewise a part of the 1962 Asian Games silver-winning team.

“His last rites will be performed today after my sister reaches Una from Delhi,” V P Singh said.

His last rites will be performed this evening in Una.


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