Sports Minister visits hockey legend Mohammad Shahid in a hospital

By TCN News,

New Delhi: Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel on Wednesday paid a visit to ailing hockey legend Mohammad Shahid who is undergoing treatment for a liver and kidney ailment at a private hospital in Gurgaon.

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The 56-year-old legend was admitted to Medanta – the Medicity earlier this month after a bout of jaundice and dengue made his condition worse. He was airlifted from Varanasi.

Goel personally met each of the family members of Mohammad Shahid conveyed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s best wishes to them for speedy recovery of the former hockey captain.

Goel said that Indian Hockey Team at Rio Olympics will always have the best wishes of Mohammad Shahid to fly the tricolour high during the competition.

Doctors attending on Shahid also briefed the minister about the critical condition of the player and said best treatment was being provided to him.

Former Sports Minister Dr Jitendra Singh had announced a grant of Rs 10 lakh for Shahid. Besides this, the Railways, where Shahid is sports officer, has announced that his medical expenses will be taken care of.

He was known for his ability, dribbling of the ball and push which was as fast as a hard hit, Shahid is considered one of India’s great hockey players. He was a member of the V Baskaran-led Indian team that won a gold medal at the 1980 Moscow Olympics. He was awarded the ‘Best Forward player’ at the 1980 Champions Trophy in Karachi

He was also a part of the national team that won a silver medal at the Delhi Asian Games in 1982 and bronze in the Seoul Asiad in 1986. He captained the Indian team during 1985–86.