Balbir Singh Sr.'s condition critical, heart attack in hospital

Chandigarh, Jagran Correspondent. The condition of India's great hockey player Balbir Singh Sr. remains critical. Balbir Singh was admitted to a private hospital in Mohali, but had a heart attack on Tuesday morning. His condition remains critical due to a heart attack. Hockey veteran Balbir Singh Sr. is currently admitted in the ICU and is placed on ventilator.

Giving information on his condition, 96-year-old veteran Balbir Singh Sr. grandson Kabir Singh Bhomiya said that he was admitted to the hospital on Friday May 8 due to multiple limbs being affected. His condition was slightly improved, but now his condition is critical. Balbir Singh, a three-time Olympic gold medalist, is now fighting the final battle of his life, as he is over the age of 95.

Discharged from the hospital in January last year

Kabir has said, "The doctors will monitor him closely 24-48 hours. He will remain on the ventilator till further orders." In January last year, he was discharged from PGI after 108 days of treatment. Balbir Singh Sr. had bronchial pneumonia during that time. Balbir Singh of tall stature is among 16 veterans who got a place in the International Olympic Committee.

Balbir Singh Sr. holds the world record for most goals scored in Olympic hockey mens. The record of all the goals he has scored as a player in the Olympic finals is still unbroken. When India won the 1952 Olympic Games 6–1 against the Netherlands, they alone scored 5 goals. In 1957, Balbir Singh was awarded the Padma Shri.


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