Captain of India’s 1964 Tokyo Olympics gold medal-winning hockey crew, Charanjit Singh, died on Thursday at his dwelling in Una, Himachal Pradesh after struggling a cardiac arrest that adopted extended age-related diseases.
The previous mid-fielder was 90 and would have turned a 12 months older subsequent month. He’s survived by two sons and one daughter.
Charanjit suffered a stroke 5 years again and was paralysed since then.
“Dad was paralysed after struggling a stroke 5 years again. He used to stroll with a stick however for the reason that final couple of months, his well being deteriorated and this morning he left us,” his youthful son V P Singh informed PTI.
Moreover captaining the Olympic gold-winning crew in 1964, he was additionally part of the silver-winning facet within the 1960 version of the Video games. He was additionally part of the 1962 Asian Video games silver-winning crew.
“His final rites shall be carried out at this time after my sister reaches Una from Delhi,” V P Singh stated.
His spouse died 12 years in the past. Whereas his elder son is a health care provider in Canada, his youthful son was subsequent to him when he breathed his final. His solely daughter is married and primarily based in New Delhi.
His final rites shall be carried out this night in Una.
The 2-time Olympian was part of India’s superb days. A charismatic halfback, Charanjit had led the Indian crew to a historic gold medal in 1964 Tokyo Olympics, beating Pakistan within the remaining and likewise featured within the Indian crew that gained silver within the 1960 Video games in Rome.
Charanjit was an alumni of Col Brown Cambridge College, Dehradun and Punjab College. After his illustrious profession in worldwide hockey, he labored because the director of the bodily schooling division in Himachal Pradesh College in Shimla.
He was one of many architects of India’s gorgeous efficiency on the 1960 Olympics earlier than an unlucky damage compelled him to sit down out of the ultimate towards arch-rivals Pakistan, which they misplaced by a slender 0-1 margin.
The 1960 disappointment nonetheless contemporary in his thoughts, a Charanjit-led India turned the tables round 4 years later, defeating Pakistan by the identical margin to clinch the gold medal.
Recollecting the fond reminiscence within the lead-up to final 12 months’s Tokyo Olympics, Charanjit had informed Hockey India Flashback Sequence: “Each the groups had been regarded among the many strongest groups throughout that point, and we had a really difficult outing towards them (Pakistan).
“Furthermore, you realize, how intense it turns into if you play towards Pakistan that too within the remaining of the Olympics. The match was additionally interrupted briefly to chill down the tempers of each groups.
“I informed my boys to deal with the sport, slightly than losing time speaking to them. We had been examined exhausting but additionally confirmed nice character, and gained the match by a slender 1-0 margin to return dwelling with that historic gold medal.”
Talking additional about his Olympic achievements, Charanjit had stated, “Profitable two medals for the nation has been a second of pleasure and honour for me. You recognize, after successful the gold medal on the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, we had been accorded a heat welcome on our arrival on the airport, lots of followers had assembled, and it was a really particular feeling for each one in all us.”
“Hockey was a very fashionable sport in India. It was given extra significance due to the wealthy historical past, and our nation had dominated on this sport in early years. We had gained many gold medals at a prestigious occasion just like the Olympics, and that was the important thing causes behind it.”
Hockey India condoled the dying of Charanjit, saying that the nation has misplaced a legend of the game.
“It’s a unhappy day for the hockey fraternity. Even in his previous age, he would gentle up each time there have been conversations about hockey and he may precisely recall each nice second he was a part of throughout India’s golden days of hockey.
“He was a legendary halfback who impressed a whole technology of gamers. He was a really cool-headed captain and he’ll ceaselessly be remembered for his unimaginable abilities on the sphere and for his humility off the sphere,” HI president Gyanendro Nigombam stated.