If anyone qualifies to be called a legend in Indian hockey after Dhyan Chand, it's Balbir Singh Senior, said iconic Milkha Singh condoling the death of his 'great friend'.
Football legend Tulsidas Balaram reminisces Balbir Singh Sr’s heroic effort of playing 1956 Olympics final with injured finger
He did not score in India's Olympic gold-grabbing win over Pakistan in the 1956 Games final but hockey skipper Balbir Singh Senior had come out playing that match with a fractured finger, recalled footballer Tulsidas Balaram.
Balbir Singh Sr will be remembered not only as an outstanding player, but one greatly dedicated to our sport, says FIH
The FIH paid glowing tributes to legendary Balbir Singh Sr, who passed away on Monday, describing the three-time Olympic gold winner as an outstanding player who dedicated his life to the sport.
'Role models such as him come very rarely', Twitter pays homage to hockey legend Balbir Singh Sr on his demise
As Balbir Singh Sr passed away on Monday, some prominent sports personalities took to Twitter to pay homage to the hockey legend.
Balbir Sr was in a semi-comatose state since 18 May and had developed a blood clot in his brain after being first admitted to the hospital for bronchial pneumonia with high fever.
Giving a health update of the three-time Olympic gold medallist, Kabir said his grandfather has still not regained consciousness.
Balbir Singh Sr, 96, was taken to a private hospital from his residence in Sector 36 in Chandigarh, where he lives with his daughter Sushbir and maternal grandson Kabir.
Three-time Olympic gold medal winning hockey legend Balbir Singh Sr is critical after being admitted to a hospital here due to difficulty in breathing.
Gold trailer garners praise from hockey legend Balbir Singh Sr for 'familiarising younger generation with history'
The Akshay Kumar-starrer Gold is the story of India's first hockey victory at the Olympics as an independent nation
This week, reports stated that Akshay Kumar's next film — Gold — would be a biopic on hockey legend Balbir Singh Sr. Singh was a member of three Olympic gold medal winning squads, and still holds the record for scoring the highest number of goals in an Olympics men's final. Before his story comes to the big screen, we take a look at the man behind the legend.
Hockey legend Balbir Singh Sr today said his one last dream is to see eight-time champions India win another Olympic gold in the sport.
Balbir Singh Sr, part of the Olympic gold medal-winning Indian hockey team during 1948-1956, met Dhoni ahead of the India- Australia World T20 game.
Chosen as one of the 16 "iconic Olympians" across all disciplines since 1896, the start of the modern Olympic era, Balbir was honoured by the International Olympic Committee during the 2012 London Olympics along with other great sportsmen such as legendary sprinter the late Jesse Owens.
Talking about the nuances of the game, Balbir said the most jarring aspect of the current players' game is their tendency to keep dribbling in the midfield instead of looking to make a winning pass.
"Instead of conducting national championship, we can have a national league with at least 30 teams dividing them into three divisions as per their merit.