The 1980 Moscow Olympic gold medal winning hockey team player Mohammed Shahid passed away on late Tuesday night. The former captain(1985-86) of Indian Hockey team was in coma and was put on ventilator at Gurgaon’s Medanta Mendicity Hospital. He was 56 then and was suffering from multi-organ failure, couldn’t come from coma. A bout of jaundice then complicated his already deteriorating health. The cremation will take place at his native place in Varanasi.
Mohammed Shahid was born on April 14, 1960 in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. He made his first debut as Junior Indian player in 1979 at Junior World Cup in France and as a senior player he made his first appearance in the same year in a four-nation tournament in Kuala Lumpur under the captaincy of Vasudevan Baskaran, after his inclusion in the team following his remarkable performance in the Aga Khan Cup.
Shahid was considered one of India’s hockey greats with exceptional running ability, dribbling ability and push which was as first as a hard hit. He was well known with his attack partner Zafar Iqbal. At the 1980 Champions Trophy in Karachi he was awarded the ‘Best forward player’. While he was a member of the team they won gold at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, silver at the 1982 Asian Games and bronze at the 1986 Asian Games. In 1986 he earned a place in the Asian All-Star team with his ability and skills. He later became a sports officer with the Indian Railways in Varanasi. For his lifetime contribution to hockey, he was awarded Arjuna award in 1980-81 and was honored with Padma Shri title in 1986.
Shahid was admitted to SSL hospital at Banaras Hindu University with severe stomach pain on 29thJune. With his health deteriorating, he was flown to New Delhi and admitted at Gurgaon’s Medanta hospital. Just after three weeks he passed away.
Zafar Iqbal was distraught at the news, “I am deeply saddened, I have lost one of my closest comrades. We played together for seven years. His contributions to the game are immeasurable,” Zafar, who had visited the ailing Shahid in the hospital, told TOI Sports.
India’s goalkeeper and captain for the Rio Olympics PR Sreejesh, who had visited the ailing Shahid last week, was left stunned. “I am speechless. When we visited him, the situation was very critical. It’s a great loss for Indian hokey. Shahid was a living legend who brought hockey to a different level,”
Shahid’s former Olympic team-mate MM Somaya remembered a rare player whose partnership on the field with Zafar weaved a majestic tapestry in Indian hockey’s history. “I have been struggling to digest the news of Shahid. Millions who followed him in the 80s have a special spot for him,” Somaya, who played three Olympics with Shahid, said. “Shahid and Zafar were a treat to watch. They were skillful and fast down the left. Zafar’s breakneck pace and Shahid’s dribble and guile gave Indian fans of that era a treasure trove of memories.”
The hockey legend is survived by his wife Purveen Shahid and twins Mohammad Saif and Heena Shahid.
Shahid was known as a mercurial forward in the 80’s and was probably the last of India’s golden generation in Hockey.
Some twitter reaction:
In Mohammad Shahid, we have lost one of the legends of world hockey.
Condolences to his family.
Very sad to hear about the demise of hockey legend Mohammad Shahid. May his soul rest in peace.
Being a Punjabi, hockey is in my blood. Sad to hear about passing away of legendary #MohammedShahid. Best dribbler in his time by a mile RIP
Mohammed Shahid the magician on Hockey Field passes away. A monumental loss to the country. Shahid was a joy to behold on the field.
Master dribbler, elegant froward Mohammed Shahid is dead. He’s a legend & a great loss for Indian hockey, can never be recovered.
Now Sir Mohammed Shahid passes away. We never watched hockey. Neither most of us knew him. But RIP comments would carry fake emotions
Hockey India grieves the untimely loss of India Hockey Legend Mohammed Shahid, who passed away today, 20 July 2016.
Pained nd saddened by da death of Md.Shahid.Despite our best efforts,we cud nt save him.May God give his family da strength 2 bear this loss
For the generation that wasn’t around, Mohd Shahid was a dazzling forward. One of India’s finest.
Hockey Legend Mohammad Shahid Passes Away