STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: Paying tribute to Padma Shri Balbir Singh Sr., Indian hockey legend and three-time Olympic gold medalist who died on Monday at the age of 96, S.S Sodhi, Chairman J&K Intellectual Civil Society (J&KICS), New Delhi said that India will forever remember one of the history’s greatest hockey champions and the most accomplished athletes of his time. Sodhi said that Balbir Singh Sr, former captain, coach and manager will be remembered as the iconic center-forward player and for being the only Indian among 16 legends chosen by the International Olympic Committee across modern Olympic history, whereas his three Olympic gold medals were achieved in London (1948), Helsinki (1952) as Vice-Captain, and Melbourne (1956) as Captain. Balbir Singh Sr. was conferred with the Padma Shri in 1957 while his world record for the most goals scored by an individual in the men’s hockey final of the Olympics still remains unbeaten, he said. Recalling Balbir Singh Sr.’s glorious accomplishments, Sodhi urged young players to learn from his dedication, grit and passion for his game. Balbir Singh Sr. who died at a hospital after battling multiple health issues for over two weeks is survived by his one daughter and three sons.
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