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Indian hockey legend Mohammad Shahid hospitalised with liver condition

Tanuj Kar
999   //    01 Jul 2016, 22:33 IST
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Mohammad Shahid has been spending his years at the Diesel Loco Works factory in Varanasi 

During the prime of his career, Indian forward Mohammad Shahid had enthralled many a spectator with his superlative dribbling. Weaving his magic past the opponent teams’ defensive line in crunch matches, the gifted striker led the Indian men’s hockey team to their eighth gold medal win in the 1980 Moscow Olympics which remains the last time they accomplished the feat.

Now 56 years old, Mohammad is down with a severe disease of the liver which has worsened over the past few days, thus compelling doctors in his hometown of Varanasi to refer him to specialized treatment in the National Capital Region. As a consequence, he was shifted to Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon on Wednesday.

Also Read: The genius of dribble - Mohammad Shahid

As reported by News18 Sports, the hockey icon of yesteryears is now under surveillance for three days in order to enable the doctors to take a call on whether his liver is beyond the scope of healing and mandates a transplant or not. Should the former be revealed as their decision, it would involve a sizeable investment which could pressurize the finances of the humble Mohammad.

On learning of the situation, Hockey India came forward with full support that could aid in the recovery of the former Indian skipper. President Mr Narinder Dhruv Batra offered free-of-cost treatment for the legend and informed that they are in frequent contact with his family to receive updates on his health.

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