Hockey legend passes away, tributes pour in
Indian hockey legend Mohammad Shahid, known for his wizardly stick work during his playing days, passed away on Wednesday owing to multiple organ failure in a private hospital in Gurgaon.
The 56-year-old great was admitted earlier this month after a bout of jaundice and dengue made his condition worse. He was airlifted from Varanasi.
“He breathed his last at 10:45 this morning. It was multiple organ failure that led to his passing away. He will be taken to Varanasi and last rites will be performed there,” Shahid’s son, Mohammed Saif, said.
Known for his brilliant dribbling skills, Shahid was considered one of India’s greatest hockey players. He was a member of the V Baskaran-led Indian team that won a gold medal at the 1980 Moscow Olympics. He was also a part of the national team that won a silver medal at the Delhi Asian Games in 1982 and bronze in the Seoul Asiad in 1986.