Moscow Olympic gold medallist and former India hockey coach MK Kaushik passes away due to COVID-19

Kaushik, a member of the 1980 Moscow Olympics gold-medal winning Indian team, had tested positive for COVID-19 on 17 April and was admitted to a nursing home in New Delhi.

Press Trust of India May 08, 2021 20:04:23 IST
Moscow Olympic gold medallist and former India hockey coach MK Kaushik passes away due to COVID-19

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New Delhi: Former India hockey player and coach MK Kaushik died on Saturday after battling COVID-19 for the past three weeks.

He was 66 and is survived by his son and wife.

Kaushik, a member of the 1980 Moscow Olympics gold-medal winning Indian team, had tested positive for COVID-19 on 17 April and was admitted to a nursing home in New Delhi.

"He was shifted to ventilator this morning but passed away just now," his son Ehsan told PTI.

Kaushik had coached both the senior men and women's teams. Under his coaching, India men's team won a gold medal at the 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok.

Also, Indian women team had won bronze medal at the Doha Asian Games in 2006 under his coaching.

He was awarded the Arjuna Award in 1998, before being bestowed with the Dronacharya award in 2002.

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