Sports Minister Vijay Goel visits hockey legend Mohammad Shahid in hospital


Sports Minister Vijay Goel today paid a visit to ailing hockey legend Mohammad Shahid who is undergoing treatment for a liver and kidney ailment at a private hospital in Gurgaon.

“Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports (I/C) Shri Vijay Goel today visited ailing Hockey legend Mohammad Shahid,” the ministry said in a statement.

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The 56-year-old legend was admitted to Medanta – the Medicity earlier this month after a bout of jaundice and dengue made his condition worse. He was airlifted from Varanasi.

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Former Sports Minister Dr Jitendra Singh announced a grant of Rs 10 lakh for Shahid. Besides, the Railways, where Shahid is an employee, has announced that his medical expenses will be taken care of.

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Known for his dribbling skills, Shahid is considered one of India’s great hockey players. He was a member of the V Baskaran-led Indian team that won a gold medal at the 1980 Moscow Olympics.

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He was also a part of the national team that won a silver medal at the Delhi Asian Games in 1982 and bronze in the Seoul Asiad in 1986.


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