Three-time Olympic gold medalist Balbir Singh Sr., one of hockey’s greatest players, died on Monday. The grief of his departure is not only from the sportspeople who have come from the place but also Bollywood superstars are mourning his demise. Recently, Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar tweeted a tweet on his social account about Balbir.
He wrote, “It is very sad to hear about the demise of hockey legend Balbir Singh Ji. It is my pleasure that I got to meet him. He was a brilliant figure. My condolences are with his family. “
Akshay met Dalbir Singh on the set of the film ‘Gold’. Gold’s story was based on India’s glorious moment of victory in the 1948 London Olympics. Then the reel players met the real hockey players. Balbir, one of the country’s greatest athletes, was among the 16 greatest Olympians in modern Olympic history selected by the Senior International Olympic Committee.
Regarding Balbir Singh, the great runner PT Usha tweeted, “Sad to hear about the demise of Balbir Singh Sr. Beyond words he was a brilliant athlete and role model. My condolences are with his family, friends, and fans. “
Abhinav Bindra tweeted, “Sad to hear about the demise of Balbir Singh Sr., one of India’s most iconic Olympians. Such athletes and role models are quite rare. It is an honor to know them. I hope his example continues to inspire athletes around the world. “
His record of five goals against the Netherlands in the Hellenicke Olympics final continues to this day. His record of five goals against the Netherlands in the Helsinki Olympics (1952) final is still maintained.
He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1957 and was the first sportsman to receive this honor. Balbir Sr. had won gold medals at the London (1948), Helsinki (1952) and Melbourne (1956) Olympics. He was also the manager of the World Cup-winning Indian team in 1975.
Balbir Sr. Azad, who is said to be equivalent to Major Dhyanchand in terms of skill, was one of the biggest players in India. He and Dhyanchand may never have played together, but there were precious Indian hockey players who inspired the entire generation. There has been a demand for giving Bharat Ratna to Balbir, born in 1924 in Haripur Khalsa village in Punjab.