CHANDIGARH || Ace hockey player Balbir Singh Senior passed away at a local hospital after a long battle with an age-related ailment, his family announced on Monday. The player, also known as a ‘goal machine’ has been suffering lung-related issues and breathlessness for some time and had been admitted to the Fortis hospital Mohali on May 6.
He was 96 and breathed his last at 6:17 am on Monday. He was awarded the Padma Shree and was the only player to have been part of the gold medal-winning Indian contingent at Olympics for three times – London (1948), Helsinki (1952) and Melbourne (1956).
Due to the fact that he was facing breathing problems, a COVID-19 test was conducted on him but it tested negative. Singh suffered a cardiac arrest on May 14 and had been on a ventilator ever since.