Hockey legend Keshav Datt bid farewell at 95

July 7, 2021

The exceptional Indian Hockey player Keshav Datt passes away in the early hours of Wednesday. He was 95. 

Datt is considered to be one of the finest hockey players in India. He was in the national team in London Olympics, 1948, where India bagged the gold medal. Four years later he was elevated to vice-captain position and the national team claimed another gold in the Helsinki games.

His attendant, Dolly Bairagi, confirmed the news of his demise. Bairagi confirmed age-related ailments being the reason for his death. The nonagenarian was under medical assistance for the past few days.

Datt is survived by two sons and a daughter.

He was born in Lahore in 1925. Grew up in western Punjab city, Datt came into the limelight while representing the team in the National Championship in undivided India. He moved to Bombay after the partition of India and in 1950 moved to Calcutta. In the National Championship, he represented Bombay as well as Calcutta.  Datt was coached by Hockey legend Dhyanchand and KD Singh Babu.

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