Ace hockey veteran Ravinder Pal Singh succumbs to Corona

Last Updated: Saturday, 8 May 2021 (13:02 IST)
Lucknow: Former India player and a member of the 1980 Moscow Olympics- Gold Medal winning side, died of Corona here on Saturday. He was 60.

Singh was admitted to the Vivekananda Hospital on April 24 after contracting the deadly virus.
 
According to family sources, Singh had recovered from the virus and was shifted to the non-COVID ward on Thursday after testing negative.
 
But his condition suddenly deteriorated on Friday and he was put on a ventilator.
 
Singh, who also played at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and did not get married, is survived by a niece, Pragya Yadav, elder sister, Saraswati Devi, and elder brother Rajendra Pal Singh.
 
Singh also played in the 1979 Junior World Cup and took voluntary retirement from State Bank of India after quitting hockey. He retired from the game because of pain in the spine. Apart from hockey he enjoys playing football.
 
Born in Sitapur, Singh excelled as a centre-half from 1979 to 1984.
 
Besides two Olympics, Singh had also represented India in the Champions Trophy in Karachi (1980, 1983), Silver Jubilee 10-nation Cup in Hong Kong in 1983, 1982 World Cup in Mumbai and 1982 Asia Cup in Karachi, among other tournaments.
 
Minister Kiren Rijiju condoled the death of the double Olympian.
 
“I’m deeply saddened to learn that Shri Ravinder Pal Singhji has lost the battle to Covid19. With his passing away India loses a golden member of the hockey team that won Gold in the 1980 Moscow Olympics. His contribution to Indian sports will always be remembered,” he tweeted.
 
Hockey India also mourned the untimely demise of Singh.
 
“Hockey India extends its deepest condolences to Ravinder Pal Singh’s family. Ravinder made an immense contribution to Indian hockey and his achievements will always be remembered. May Ravinder’s family and friends have the strength to pass through this difficult time,” HI president Gyanendro Ningombam said. (UNI)