Double Olympic Champion Keshav Datt passes away at 95; Hockey India mourns his sad demise

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Datt was part of India’s golden era in hockey. He was a formidable halfback and was part of Independent India’s historic feat in 1948 where they beat home team Great Britain 4-0 in the Final at the Wembley Stadium in London. Before the 1948 Olympics, Datt had toured East Africa under the leadership of the great hockey wizard Major Dhyan Chand in 1947.

Datt, born on 29 December 1925 in Lahore, Pakistan, was also part of the Indian team at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki where they beat the home team Netherlands 6-1 in the Final to become the Olympic Champions for the fifth consecutive time.

Having moved to Calcutta in 1950, Datt also represented Mohun Bagan – the most famous Indian club of that time in multiple sports.

Keshav Datt’s demise is a big loss for the hockey fraternity across the world, stated Hockey India President Gyanendro Ningombam. “We are all very saddened 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,” stated Ningombam.

Source: HI Release

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