Maharaj Keshin Kaushik, Olympic gold medalist and former India coach, Maharaj Keshin Kaushik, died in a city hospital on Saturday. He was 66 years old. His wife and two sons survived.
Koshik was admitted to the hospital two weeks ago after tests revealed that his lungs had pneumonia despite testing negative for COVID-19 after showing symptoms. His oxygen saturation levels continued to fluctuate, dropping to 50 at night after meals, although he remained stable throughout the day.
However, his lungs did not improve, and doctors also tried life-saving medications. But the situation has not improved. His family said he was put on a ventilator earlier in the day, but that didn’t help either. His wife tested positive for Covid, but she recovered and went home a few days ago.
A member of the Olympic gold-medal team in 1980, Koshik was one of the rare hockey personalities who excelled as both a player and coach. Most importantly, he excelled as a coach with the men’s and women’s teams, leading them to the podium at major continental events, including the Asian Games and the Asian Cup. Koshik, the right winger, was known for his speed and direction as a player.
After retiring as Deputy Sports Director of Haryana, Kaushik was also in charge of the Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy and later the National Hockey Academy in New Delhi as part of Khelo India before retiring late last month.