Legendary hockey defender Kindo dies

Rourkela, December 31

India’s 1975 hockey World Cup-winning and 1972 Olympics bronze winning team member Michael Kindo died due to age-related ailments at a hospital here today. He was 73, and is survived by his wife, a son and two daughters. “He was bed-ridden for quite some time and was also suffering from depression,” a family source said. “His last rites will be completed tomorrow as his daughters are reaching then.”

Kindo was bestowed with the Arjuna Award in 1972. 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 archrivals Pakistan in the final. In the 1972 Olympics, he scored three goals.

“He brought home lots of pride and laurels. Undoubtedly a brilliant hockey player, he also made a mark as a great mentor,” former India captain Dilip Tirkey tweeted. — PTI

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