Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the nation in expressing grief over the untimely death of hockey legend Mohammed Shahid and said that the country has lost a talented sportsman.
Mohammed Shahid passed away after battling kidney and liver problems at a Gurgaon hospital on Wednesday. He was 56.
Paying tributes to one of the best known hockey stars of the country, Modi said the government tried its best to save Shahid.
“In the untimely and unfortunate demise of Mohammed Shahid, India has lost a talented sportsman who played with immense passion & vigour,” he tweeted.
“We tried our level best to save Mohammed Shahid but sadly, neither our help nor prayers were enough to save him. Tributes to him. RIP,” the Prime Minister added.
Mohammed Shahid, one of the stalwarts of the game, left his indelible mark with his dazzling dribbling skills.
Shahid was part of the Indian team that clinched the gold medal in 1980 Moscow Olympics. The legend was battling for life after a bout of jaundice and dengue made his condition worse. Earlier this month, he was airlifted from Varanasi and admitted to the Gurgaon hospital. His family had pleaded for finances to meet his medical needs. In his last days before his death, Shahid was allegedly left uncared for by the authorities.