Hockey India expressed their deepest condolences at the demise of Olympic medalist and World Cup winner Michael Kindo. The former hockey player breathed his last on Thursday in Rourkela.
Kindo was bed ridden for quite some time before he passed away at the age of 73 due to age related ailments. He was a part of India’s 1975 hockey World Cup-winning and 1972 Olympics bronze medal-winning teams. He was conferred the Arjuna award in 1972. The defender helped India clinch the bronze medal at the 1972 Olympics by scoring 3 goals.
“On behalf of Hockey India, we extend our deepest condolences on the passing away of the hockey great Michael Kindo. The defender has been part of some of the most crucial victories for India and he will always be remembered as an important part of Indian hockey’s history. We extend our deepest sympathies to Michael Kindo’s family,” President of Hockey India, Gyanendro Ningombam said.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik pays his condolences
Michael Kindo is survived by his wife, a son and two daughters.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik paid his condolences to the hockey icon. “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,” Patnaik wrote on Twitter.
The official account of Sports and Youth Services department, Government of Odisha also took to Twitter to express their condolences. “Deepest condolences on the passing away of legendary hockey Olympian Michael Kindo ! First tribal to don India Flag of India colours, he won a bronze in Olympic Games and all 3 categories of medals in World Cups. May his soul rest in peace. Folded hands @TheHockeyIndia @FIH_Hockey,” they wrote.