Pakistan’s hockey hero Mansoor Ahmed passes away

Pakistan’s World Cup winning hockey goalkeeper Mansoor Ahmed passed away in Karachi on Saturday.

Mansoor Ahmed was suffering, for weeks, from complications, stemming from a pacemaker and stents implanted in his heart.   -  AFP

Pakistan’s World Cup winning hockey goalkeeper Mansoor Ahmed passed away in Karachi on Saturday.

The 49-year-old, suffering from complications stemming from a pacemaker and stents implanted in his heart, had earlier appealed that he be treated in India.

“Humanity is paramount and I too would be obliged if I get a visa and other help in India” Mansoor had said while talking to media.

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Even as the hockey fraternity extended support, the Pakistan authorities decided to continue with his treatment in the country itself.

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Mansoor has been a sporting icon in Pakistan, and played a key hand in the team’s win in the 1994 World Cup in Sydney. He was considered the best hockey goalkeeper in the world during his playing days.

He has played 338 international matches, participated in three Olympics and various other high-profile events in a career spanning from 1986 to 2000.

He also captained the national hockey team on various occasions.

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