Hockey great Keshav Chandra Datt passes away at 95
New Delhi, July 7, 2021
Indian hockey's legendary halfback Keshav Chandra Datt, who was part of the country's glorious campaign in the 1948 and 1952 Olympic Games, passed away in the early hours of today.
He was 95.
Datt, who was part of India's golden era in hockey, was a formidable halfback and part of the team that defeated Great Britain 4-0 in the final at the 1948 Olympics at the Wembley Stadium in London.
Before the 1948 Olympics, Datt had toured East Africa under the leadership of the great hockey wizard Major Dhyan Chand in 1947.
Born on December 29, 1925 in Lahore, Datt was also part of the Indian team that beat the Netherlands 6-1 in the final of the 1952 Olympics Games in Helsinki to be crowned champions for the fifth consecutive time.
Having moved to Calcutta in 1950, Datt also represented Mohun Bagan - the most famous Indian club of that time in multiple sports.
Hockey India President Gyanendro Niigombam said Datt's demise was a big loss for the hockey fraternity across the world.
"We are all very saddened to hear about the legendary halfback Keshav Datt's demise early this morning. He was the lone surviving member of the 1948 and 1952 Olympic Games and today truly feels like the end of an era. We all grew up listening to incredible stories of their memorable outings for independent India at the Olympics and they went on to inspire generations of hockey players in the country.
Hockey India mourns his demise and on behalf of the Federation I extend my deepest condolences to his family," stated Ningombam.