Former India hockey legend Raghbir Singh Bhola passed away, at the age of 92, on Tuesday (January 22). A two-time Olympic medallist represented Indian men's national team in the 1956 Melbourne and Rome Olympics; clinching gold and silver respectively for the nation.
Life after retirement
Raghbir's dedication and passion for field hockey continued in various aspects throughout his life. As a result, he served in diverse roles such as member of the IHF selection committee, FIH international umpire Indian hockey team manager, TV commentator and government observer at the Olympic Games. Overall, it is safe to say that Raghbir gave his entire life to the sport which made him don national jersey, earned accolodes, recognition and made him live his dream.
Raghbir, in addition, had a successful stint as captain of the Indian Air Force hockey and Services team. It was from the period of 1954 to 1960. It was under his guidance and astute leadership wherein they won the Inter Services Hockey Championship thrice, and the National Hockey Championship on two occasions.
In 2000, Raghbir was honoured with Arjuna Award for his achievements in the field of hockey. Following his death, he is survived by his wife Kamla Bhola, three daughters and three grandsons.
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Aditya Sahay, a former cricket reporter/writer and statistician, has shifted gears to other sports (primarily badminton, tennis, kabaddi, hockey, golf etc). While cricket remains his first love, he enjoys covering and writing on kabaddi, hockey and tennis. He dons Germanys jersey during FIFA and believes Dhoni Dhoni hai, isko (aur) mauka mila toh bahut aage jayega