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Indian Hockey legend Mohd. Shahid slips into a coma

Amit Sinha
705   //    20 Jul 2016, 00:18 IST
Mohd Shahid
The Hockey legend is both a Padma Shri as well as Arjuna Award

Hockey legend Mohd. Shahid’s health deteriorated further as he slipped into a coma and has been put on the ventilator, according to reliable sources in the media. Several tweets confirmed the news on Tuesday night as #prayforshahid started trending on the social networking website. The 56-year-old hockey legend is currently admitted at the Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon.

He was brought there in the last week of June as he was suffering from liver and kidney ailment that was triggered when the legend ignored a bout of Jaundice. Earlier, former Union sports minister Dr Jitendra Singh had announced a grant of Rs. 10 lakh for Shahid. The Railways, who are Shahid’s employers had also announced that his medical expenses will be taken care of by them.

The Hockey wizard from Benares was part of the team that last won a gold in Olympics in 1980 and had also handled captaincy duties for the national side. He was a skilled dribbler who, on his day, left many a defence chasing shadows with his stickwork. Shahid’s illness has caused concerns all across the sporting fraternity, and Vijay Goel, who was appointed Sports Minister in the cabinet reshuffle, had also paid a visit to the ailing hero of Indian Hockey. 

The whole nation will be praying for a speedy recovery of Mohd. Shahid.

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