Political leaders, sports stars, and prominent personalities across the nation offered condolences on the demise of legendary Hockey player Balbir Singh Senior, who passed away on Monday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote: “Padma Shri Balbir Singh Sr. Ji will be remembered for his memorable sporting performances. He brought home lots of pride and laurels. Undoubtedly a brilliant hockey player, he also made a mark as a great mentor. Pained by his demise. Condolences to his family and well-wishers.”
President Ram Nath Kovind said: “Sad to hear the passing of hockey legend Shri Balbir Singh Sr. A three-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Padma Shri awardee and one of India’s greatest athletes, his legacy will continue to inspire future generations. Condolences to his family, friends and admirers.”
Shiromani Akali Dal President Sukhbir Singh Badal took to Twitter and wrote: “RIP goal machine Balbir Singh Senior – a legend who mesmerised all of us with his goal-scoring skills besides winning 3 Olympic golds for India. Balbir ji remained an ambassador for hockey throughout his life. He will be sorely missed. My condolences to his family & fans worldwide.”
Padma Shri Balbir Singh Sr. Ji will be remembered for his memorable sporting performances. He brought home lots of pride and laurels. Undoubtedly a brilliant hockey player, he also made a mark as a great mentor. Pained by his demise. Condolences to his family and well wishers.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 25, 2020
Likewise, Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal said in a tweet: “A legend of our times is no more. RIP Balbir Singh Senior- 3 time Olympic gold-winning Hockey icon. I mourn this loss alongside Indian hockey fans worldwide. My deepest condolences to Balbir Singh Senior’s family. The entire nation stands with them in their hour of grief.”
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh said “Saddened to learn about passing away of Hockey legend Balbir Singh Sr. A Triple Olympic Gold medallist, he exemplified qualities of perseverance, dedication & sportsmanship. Sir, you will be dearly missed & will forever remain an inspiration! A grateful State bids you farewell.”
Saddened to hear about the passing of the legend, Balbir Singh Sr. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family in this time of sorrow. 🙏🏼 @BalbirSenior
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) May 25, 2020
Union Home Minister Amit Shah wrote: “Pained to learn about the demise of Padma Shri Balbir Singh Sr ji, a legendary hockey player, who left an indelible imprint on world hockey with his stick. I was fortunate to have met the lively and joyful Balbir Ji, a three-time Olympic gold medalist. My condolences to his family.”
Indian Cricket team captain Virat Kohli said in a tweet: “Saddened to hear about the passing of the legend, Balbir Singh Sr. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family in this time of sorrow.”
“An absolute legend of the game, Balbir Singh Sr Sir, you will be missed. #RIP champion” wrote KL Rahul.
“Legends never truly leave, they live on in the hearts of people. Balbir Singh ji, thank you for the decades of great hockey and for inspiring us. Condolences to the family,” Suresh Raina wrote.