Pakistan hockey legend Abdul Rasheed Jr passes away

Former centre forward led country to many medals during his career


Sports Desk November 04, 2020

KARACHI:

Pakistan field hockey lost one its legends as Abdul Rasheed Jr passed away at the age of 79 in Islamabad on Wednesday.

Rasheed was severely ill and was receiving treatment in a hospital in Islamabad.

He has a peculiar feat to his name where he led the Pakistan field hockey team in three different Olympics, in 1968 Mexico Olympics, 1972 Munich Olympics and in 1976 Montreal Olympics.

Pakistan won gold in 1968, a silver medal in 1972 and managed a bronze in 1976 with him scoring for the Men in Green.

He was the youngest hockey player in the 1968 Olympics where he scored a hat-trick against Holland. He didn’t play the first two matches, but still managed to net eight times to bag the highest scorer award.

Rasheed also scored the historic goal against France in 1968.

Rasheed believed that in the 1972 Munich Olympics, biased umpiring snatched gold from Pakistan when they lost to West Germany.

Rasheed was then nominated captain in the 1976 Montreal Olympics where they reached the semi-finals. He also led the side which won the 1971 Hockey World Cup.

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