Hockey legend Balbir Singh Sr condition is critical

Vastavam web: Three-time Olympic gold medal winning hockey legend Balbir Singh Sr. is critical after being admitted to a hospital here due to difficulty in breathing. The legendary centre-forward, who is 94, is being treated at the Respiratory Intensive Care Unit (RICU) of the PGI Hospital and his condition was described as critical by the doctors attending to him. A doctor told on Thursday that an endotracheal tube has been inserted into his trachea.

“He is on ventilator right now and is being monitored every four hours,” he added. The iconic player was admitted to the hospital on Wednesday. One of the country’s tallest athletes, Singh became the only Indian among 16 legends chosen by the International Olympic Committee across the modern Olympic history. He had scored five goals in India’s 6-1 victory over the Netherlands in the gold medal match of the 1952 Helsinki Games.