Two-time Olympic gold medalist in hockey, Keshav Dutt died on Wednesday of age-related illnesses. It was dat 95.
The former midfielder passed away around 12:30 am at his residence in Santoshpur, Kolkata.
Dutt was part of the golden age of hockey in India.
A brilliant half-back, he was part of India’s historic achievement at the 1948 Olympics as they beat Britain 4-0 at Wembley Stadium in London to win their first post-independence gold.
Prior to the 1948 Olympics, Dutt toured East Africa under hockey wizard Major Dian Chand in 1947.
Born on December 29, 1925 in Lahore, Dutt was also part of the Indian team at the 1952 Helsinki Games, where they beat the Netherlands 6-1 in the top match to become Olympic champions for the fifth consecutive time.
Indian Hockey President Gyanendro Ningombam said: “We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of legendary linebacker Keshav Dutt early this morning. He was the only surviving member of the 1948 and 1952 Olympics, and today it truly feels like the end of an era.” in the current situation.
“We have all grown up hearing incredible stories of their unforgettable outings to independent India at the Olympics and go on to inspire generations of hockey players in the country.
“India Hockey is mourning his passing and on behalf of the Federation I extend my deepest condolences to his family.” West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also offered her condolences.
“The hockey world has lost one of its true legends today. Sad at the passing of Keshav Dutt. He was a two-time Olympic gold medalist, 1948 and 1952. Champion of India and Bengal. My condolences to his family and friends,” Banerjee tweeted.
Keshav Chandra Dutt receives the Life Time Achievement Awards during the presentation of the ‘Khel Samman Awards’, held at Netaji Indoor Stadium in Kolkata on March 13, 2020. – Rajiv Bhatt
As an integral part of the Indian team, Dutt also captained the Mohun Bagan hockey team from 1951-53 and again in 1957-58.
As a Mohun Bagan player, he won the Hockey League six times and the Beighton Cup three times in a 10-year period.
He was awarded the Mohun Bagan Ratna Award in 2019, becoming the first non-footballer to receive this honor.
badminton player too
He was also an accomplished badminton player and was the No. 1 Bengalur of his era. Dutt’s death cuts the only living link with the premier sporting glory of independent India.
In his autobiography Goal, rated Dhyan Chand Datt as one of the best midfielders at the time
His death cuts the only living link with the premier sporting glory of independent India.