Hockey legend Balbir Singh Sr hospitalised in critical condition

The 96-year-old 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.

File Photo: Balbir Singh Sr. presented with the Major Dhyan Chand Lifetime achievement award by Hockey India in 2015   -  Meeta Ahlawat

Hockey legend Balbir Singh Sr, a triple Olympic gold medallist, has been admitted to a city hospital in critical condition.

The 96-year-old 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.

“Dadaji is in ICU right now at Fortis Hospital. He was admitted last evening with complaints of pneumonia. He is on the ventilator but better than yesterday,” said grandson Kabir.

Dr Rajinder Kalra, doctor of 1975 World Cup-winning side as well as a family doctor: “Balbir had a 104-degree fever on Thursday night. Initially, we tried to manage by giving him sponge baths at home but [when] his condition didn’t improve we tried to shift him to PGI, Chandigarh.

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“But since PGI Chandigarh is a COVID hospital, so it was difficult to get him admitted in ICU. So we admitted him in Fortis, Mohali where he has been 3-4 times before.”

“He is currently in ICU but better than yesterday. His COVID-19 test went for examination today and the results are expected tomorrow,” Kalra said.

In January last year, Balbir Sr was discharged from PGI after spending 108 days in the hospital, where he underwent treatment for bronchial pneumonia.

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“It is an unparalleled achievement and credit to his grit that he could recover at the age of 95 from the scenario of bronchial pneumonia and near cardiac failure that he was initially admitted with,” Prof. Jagat Ram, Director PGIMER had then said when the former India captain was discharged.

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