Hockey Olympian Ravinder Pal Singh no more
Ravinder Pal SinghIANS (File photo)

Hockey Olympian Ravinder Pal Singh no more

New Delhi, May 8, 2021

Hockey Olympian Ravinder Pal Singh, a member of the Indian team that won gold medal at the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games, passed away in a Lucknow hospital on Saturday morning due to Covid-related complications. He was 62.

Singh, who played as centre-half and had also represented the country at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, had been in hospital since April 24.

Singh, a bachelor who lived with his elder sister in a joint family, had recovered from Covid-19. He had a breathing problem, and "felt depressed", and had anxiety.

He was shifted to an oxygen bed in a ward after having recovered from Covid, though he continued to have the breathing problem. After his condition deteriorated on Friday, he was taken to the Intensive Care Unit and put on a ventilator. He passed away early on Saturday.

"We changed a few hospitals for him, as in the other private hospitals even the doctors were careless and they didn't provide him proper care. Finally, we admitted him to Vivekanada Polyclinic, which we trusted," said a member of Singh's family.

Besides the Moscow and Los Angeles Olympics, Singh also played in several top international tournaments including the Champions Trophy in Karachi (1980 & 1983), Silver Jubilee 10-Nation Cup (Hong Kong, 1983), World Cup (Mumbai, 1982), Asia Cup (Karachi, 1982), the India-Pakistan Test series in 1981 and the Malaysian Quadrangular series in 1980.

Singh began his international career in 1979 when he was included in the Junior World Cup team.

Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, Kiren Rijiju, tweeted his condolences, saying, "I'm deeply saddened to learn that Shri Ravinder Pal Singh ji has lost the battle to Covid-19. 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."

On Wednesday, Singh's niece, Pragya Yadav, had requested Hockey India for financial support for the former player and the federation's president had sanctioned a sum of Rs 5 lakh for his treatment and hospital stay.


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