The Sports Ministry grants Rs 10 lakh to ailing hockey legend

The Union Sports minister Dr Jitendra Singh announced on Saturday that a grant of Rs 10 lakh be given to ailing hockey legend Mohammed Shahid, currently undergoing treatment for serious liver and kidney ailment at Medanta Medicity in Gurgaon. This has come after much uproar from his family members as well as members from the sports fraternity for the authorities to come to help a feeble champion.

Just days after Mohammed Shahid was admitted to the ICU of the Medanta Medicity hospital in Gurgaon, his family lamented about the lousy treatment given to him by the hospital staff, his employers the Indian Railways and the Indian hockey federation (Hockey India). “No member of the Indian Railways or Hockey India has come to inquire about his well-being,” said Mohammad Nasir, his nephew and a former hockey player himself. “Isn’t it sad that a hockey player who was an Olympic gold medalist, a Padam Shri and a Class 1 officer with the Railways gets this sort of treatment,” he further added.

Shahid’s condition remains critical says Nisar. “Doctors have said that he needs a liver transplant. But because his kidneys are not functioning normally, he can’t undergo surgery. They have said they will try to get his kidneys functioning normally over the next few days before deciding any further course of action,” says Nisar.

Known for his exquisite skills, Shahid was a member of the V Baskaran led Indian team that won its last gold medal at the 1980 Moscow Olympics. Shahid was also a part of the team that won silver at the Delhi Asiad in 1982 and bronze in the Seoul Asiad in 1986. He was awarded the 'Best Forward player' at the1980 Champions Trophy in Karachi. Upon retiring from hockey, he became a sports officer with the Indian Railways in Varanasi.