Syed Shahid Hakim, the former Indian international has tested positive for COVID. Hakim,81 is currently quarantined in a hotel in Hyderabad. Sources say, the legendary footballer tried to admit himself in the government hospital, but he was not happy with the facilities. Hakim also tried to find a bed in military hospital, to no avail.
SS Hakim was a Dhyan Chand Awardee, which he was awarded in 2017. He was only the 2nd footballer to receive the award. Hakim was part of the team that finished 6th at 1960 Rome summer Olympic games.
“I tested positive a couple of days back after breathing problems and was taken to a government facility where things were not upto the mark. In the military hospital no bed was available. My nephew lodged me in a private hotel here in Hyderabad and I am feeling better now,” SS Hakim told the Indian Express.
Hakim was reportedly not happy with the treatment and attention that the footballers were getting. He said, “I am the only Olympian surviving in India. I have been the National coach and sports administrator. I had written to the sports minister saying that all football Olympians are dying one after another and the government is not taking care of them properly.”
“The cricket board takes care of its old cricketers, why can’t government reach out to us? At least some pension to the families and medical expenses should be provided,” the Dhyan Chand awardee added.
Hakim had a playing career span of 25 years after which he entered into refereeing. He is the son of legendary coach, Syed Abdul Rahim. Hakim also had a 10-year stint with Sports Authority of India (SAI) as chief project director.