Kuala Lumpur, 25 May, 2020: The Asian Hockey Federation is much aggrieved to learn about the demise of Padma Shiri Mr. Balbir Singh Dosanjh – an avid hockey legend and a stalwart, three times Olympic gold medal winner for Hockey India. Indeed, this is a sad moment not only for Hockey India, Asian Hockey Community but for the global hockey and sport fraternity.
Undeniably Mr. Balbir Singh will be remembered not only as a key member of Indian hockey Olympic squad that won Olympic Gold Medals at 1948(London), 1952(Helsinki), and 1956(Melbourne) Olympic Games but for his immense contributions and love for the game of hockey on the pitch and beyond. We will cherish the memories of his hat trick at the 1952 Olympics – a record in the Olympic History (6-1) for the maximum goals in an Olympic Games hockey final.
Dato Fumio Ogura, President Asian Hockey Federation said, ” We are extremely saddened to learn about the demise of Padma Shiri Mr. Balbir Singh Dosanjh. He is a true hockey legend and a hockey supporter. Indeed, it is an appalling moment for you and the family. He was an exemplary figure in the history of India and Sports. Undeniably, it is an irreparable loss, but no one can avert the decree of the fate. We at AHF offer our earnest sympathies and extend our heartfelt condolences.”
Dato Tayyab Ikram, Chief Exexutive Asian Hockey Federation said, ” With deep sadness, we received the news of demise of the beloved Padma Shiri Mr. Balbir Singh Dosanjh . Certainly Mr. Balbir Singh will long be remembered for his devotedness and contributions for the field hockey in India and at global hockey arena as Mr. Balbir Singh left behind a legacy which will always be cherished and serve as a beacon for many budding talents. The Asian Hockey family also joins me to extend our deepest condolences on this bereavement”.
Dato Fumio Ogura President AHF, Dato Tayyab Ikram Chief Exectuive AHF, and all the honourable Executive board Members and Asian hockey family, offer our earnest sympathies and extend our heartfelt condolences to you and the bereaved family.
We are sorry to have lost such a great player and hockey leader.