India lost two of its legendary hockey players, MK Kaushik and Ravinder Pal Singh, in a span of hours on May 8 due to Covid-19. The two players were part of the Moscow Olympics gold-medal winning team in 1980.
MK Kaushik and Ravinder Pal Singh passed away due to Covid-19 in May (Photo Courtesy: Kiren Rijiju Twitter)
- Sports minister Rijiju announces Rs 15 lakh support for bereaved families of MK Kaushik, Ravinder Pal Singh
- The Olympic gold medalists passed away earlier this month due to Covid-19
- MK Kaushik had also coached both India men and women’s hockey teams in the past
Sports minister Kiren Rijiju announced financial support of Rs 5 lakh for the bereaved families of legendary India hockey players MK Kaushik and Ravinder Pal Singh, who lost their lives to Covid-19 earlier this month.
While the 60-year-old Singh succumbed to the dreaded disease in Lucknow after battling it for nearly two weeks, Kaushik, 66, died after suffering from the ailment for nearly three weeks. The two players, who were part of the India hockey gold-medal winning team at 1980 Moscow Olympics, passed away within hours on Saturday, May 8.
“We’ve lost two hockey greats to Covid. MK Kaushik ji & Ravinder Pal Singh ji’s contribution to Indian sport will always be remembered,” Rijiju said in a social media post.
“As a gesture of support, the Sports Ministry is handing over Rs 5 lakh each to the bereaved families. We stand with them in this hour of grief.”
We’ve lost two hockey greats to Covid. MK Kaushik ji & Ravinder Pal Singh ji’s contribution to Indian sport will always be remembered. As a gesture of support, the Sports Ministry is handing over Rs 5 lakh each to the bereaved families. We stand with them in this hour of grief pic.twitter.com/gfRNmLjILf
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) May 13, 2021
Apart from achieving laurels as a player, Kaushik had also successfully coached both the senior men and women’s teams. Under his coaching, both the Indian men’s and women’s teams claimed medals at the Asian Games.
He was awarded the Arjuna Award in 1998, before being bestowed with the Dronacharya award in 2002.
Singh, on the other hand, played in two Olympics – 1980 Moscow and 1984 Los Angeles. He also represented India in the Champions Trophy in Karachi (1980, 1983) besides the 1979 Junior World Cup.
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