Legendary Indian hockey captain Charanjit Singh who won gold at 1964 Tokyo Olympics passes away

New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: Legendary hockey player and captain of India’s gold medal-winning 1964 Tokyo Summer Olympics team Charanjit Singh passed away at his residence in Una on Thursday.

He was 90 years old and was suffering from age-related illnesses.

A native of Mairi in Amb subdivision of Himachal Pradesh’s Una, Singh was an alumnus of Punjab Agricultural University in Ludhiana.

Besides his gold medal-winning exploits in Tokyo, Singh was also a part of the teams that won silver at 1960 Rome Olympics and 1962 Asian Games.

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur paid his condolences to the departed Singh.

“Got the sad news of the passing away of Charanjit Singh, a former hockey player from Una and the captain of the Indian hockey team in the 1964 Olympic Games. A Padma Shri and Arjuna awardee, Singh will always inspire the young generation. May the Almighty grant the departed soul eternal peace and give strength to the bereaved family,” CM Thakur said.

Singh’s cremation will take place on Thursday afternoon.

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