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Olympic bronze and World Cup winner hockey player Michael Kindo passes away

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Kindo, a full back in his playing days, was a member of the team that won the lone World Cup for India in 1975 in Kuala Lumpur, beating arch rivals Pakistan in the final.

Former India defender Michael Kindo at his Rourkela residence. Image: Firstpost/Shantanu Srivastava

Rourkela: India’s 1975 hockey World Cup-winning and 1972 Olympics bronze winning team member Michael Kindo died at a hospital on Thursday due to age-related ailments.

He was 73, and is survived by his wife, a son and two daughters.

“Michael Kindo passed away at the Ispat General Hospital due to age related problems. He was bed-ridden for quite some time and was also suffering from depression,” a family source told PTI.

“His last rites will be completed tomorrow as his daughters are reaching only then.”

Hockey India condoled his death.

Kindo, a full back in his playing days, was a member of the team that won the lone World Cup for India in 1975 in Kuala Lumpur, beating arch rivals Pakistan in the final.

He was also in the team that won a bronze medal in the 1972 Olympics in Munich. He scored three goals in that edition of the Games.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik tweeted, “Deeply saddened to know the passing away of hockey legend and Arjuna Awardee #MichaelKindo, a tribal icon and part of India’s World Cup winning team of 1975. My thoughts are with his family and fans.”

Former men’s national team captain said Dilip Tirkey, “Hockey legend Michael Kindo will be remembered for his memorable sporting performances. He brought home lots of pride and laurels. Undoubtedly a brilliant hockey player, he also made a mark as a great mentor. Pained by his demise. Condolences to his family and well wishers.”

 

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