Describing three-time Olympic gold medalist Balbir Singh Sr. as a 'role model' for the youth, veteran hockey players of Pakistan said that he was not only a great player but also a great man from whom a lot can be learned. Balbir Sr., the former captain and coach of the Indian hockey team, died in Mohali on Monday following long-standing health problems.
Former Pakistan captain Hassan Sardar, who won the gold medal at the Los Angeles Olympics (1984), told the language, “Balbir Singh was a legend not only in India but across the subcontinent. He had named himself among the greatest hockey players by winning three Olympic golds. “
Referring to his meeting with Balbir during the 1982 Delhi Asian Games, he said, “He was a very good person too.” I remember he said to me in Punjabi, 'Sannu Ghatt Gol Kareen (Scoring less goals against us. He also praised my performance. “) Hasan's brilliant performance in the best center forward of his round led Pakistan to the 1982 Asian Games. And won the World Cup in Mumbai in the same year in which he was the man of the match.
Samiullah, who was a member of both the tournaments and the 1976 Montreal Olympics bronze medalist Pakistani team, was told by his uncle and Motiullah, who played for the 1960 Rome Olympics gold medalist Pakistani team, about Balbir Sr.'s game.
Samiullah said, “Balbir Sr. used to play during my Uncle Motiullah's era. He told me about his speed and amazing control of the ball. Marhum Olympian Anwar Ahmed also said that no one had the same pace as Balbir Sr. “
He said, “I met him and Dhyanchand ji during 1975 tour of India and I can never forget him.” Shahbaz Ahmed (Shahbaz Sr.), the captain of the Pakistani team that won the 1994 Sydney World Cup, said that during the Indira Gandhi Cup in Lucknow in 1987, Balbir Sr. gave him the trophy for 'Player of the Tournament' and that was his Were convinced of the behavior.
He said, “I met him for the first time then and I saw that he is not only a great player but also a very humble and good man. He then met him for the last time during the 2018 World Cup in Bhubaneswar and he still did not change at all. ”
He said, “I pray that his family gets the strength to bear this sorrow.” Hockey has lost a niche player. ” Waseem Ahmed, who was ranked in the world's best left half and played most international matches for Pakistan, said Balbir Sr.'s love for hockey was an example.
He said, “I am his great admirer and his love for hockey is an example. He has achieved so much for his country and his status is no less than a superhero. ” He said, “When I met him, he was like a hero to me and will be for many generations to come.”