Pakistani hockey legend, and former Olympian Captain, Abdul Rasheed Junior, has passed away at the age of 79. Sources claim that he was suffering from Kidney disease. He was the only legendary Pakistani athlete to win gold, silver, and bronze medals in the Olympic games. His funeral prayers will be offered in Bannu, Pakistan.
Olympian Abdul Rashid Jr. had been the best center forward of his time. He also represented the winning team in the 1971 Hockey World Cup. In 1968 and 1972, Olympian Abdul Rashid Jr. proved to be the highest-scoring player. He had scored the most 96 goals for Pakistan by the time he retired.
This is a great and unbearable loss to the Hockey Family, and our prayers are with Abdul Rasheed Jr.’s family and loved ones at this most troubling of times.
Asian Hockey Federation President, Dato Fumio Ogura, had this to say:
“I am extremely saddened at this great loss. He was a true inspiration for the younger generation of players in Pakistan, and the world over. I hope his family can find the strength to cope with this loss.”
Asian Hockey Federation Chief Executive, Dato Tayyab Ikram expressed his grief at this great loss and had this to say:
“Today is a sad day for the world of hockey. We bid farewell to a true Legend and dear friend. My thoughts and prayers are with Abdul Rasheed Jr.’s family and loved ones, I will pray that they find the strength to bear this insurmountable loss.”