Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, ministers of state for Railways Manoj Sinha and Rajen Gohain and the entire Indian Railway fraternity expressed deep condolences over the sad demise of the noted hockey player Mohammad Shahid.
Indian hockey legend Shahid served as Senior Sports Officer with the Indian Railways at Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW) in Varanasi.
The 56-year-old great, known for his wizardly stick work during his playing days, passed away yesterday due to multiple organ failure in a private hospital in Gurgaon.
Paying homage to the departed soul, railways in a statement said “The sad untimely demise of Md Shahid is a big shock for the entire railway sports fraternity, Indian hockey and the nation. Always full of energy, Md Shahid had been an asset to the organization as well as to the nation.”
Shahid was awarded with Arjuna Award and Padma Shri for his immense contribution to Indian hockey. He was a member of the Indian team that won the gold medal at the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow. Shahid was also part of the Indian team that won silver at the 1982 Asian Games and bronze at the 1986 Asiad.