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A double Olympic gold medalist. India’s one of the finest hockey legend Keshav Datt passes due to age-related ailments at the age of 95 year. He passed away around 12.30 am at his residence in Santoshpur, Kolkata.
Keshav Datt was conferred with the Mohun Bagan Ratna award in 2019, becoming the first non-footballer recipient of the honour.
Keshav datt was born on December 29, 1925 in Lahore, Datt was also part of the Indian team at 1952 Helsinki Games, where they beat Netherlands 6-1 in the summit clash to become the Olympic champions for the fifth consecutive time.
Hockey India President Gyanendro Ningombam said, ‘We are all very sadden to hear about the legendary halfback Keshav Datt’s demise early this morning. He was the lone surviving member of the 1948 and 1952 Olympic Games and today truly feels like the end of an era, We all grew up listening to incredible stories of their memorable outings for independent India at the Olympics and they went on to inspire generations of hockey players in the country. Hockey India mourns his demise and on behalf of the Federation I extend my deepest condolences to his family.
‘West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also offered her condolences.
“The world of hockey lost one of its true legends today. Saddened at the passing away of Keshav Datt. He was a double Olympic gold medal winner, 1948 and 1952. A champion of India and Bengal. Condolences to his family and friends,” Banerjee tweeted.