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Pakistan Hockey Legend Dies at the Age of 79

Pakistan’s legendary hockey star and former Olympian Abdul Rasheed Junior passed away at the age of 79 in Islamabad on Wednesday.

Former skipper of the Pakistani hockey team, Abdul Rasheed Jr. was suffering from a short and severe illness and was receiving treatment in a hospital in Islamabad.

Hailing from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Bannu district, Rasheed Junior had three Olympic medals to his credit. His contribution to the national team includes leading the Pakistan field hockey team in three different Olympics, in 1968 Mexico Olympics(Gold), 1972 Munich Olympics(Silver) and in 1976 Montreal Olympics(Bronze). He was the youngest hockey player in the 1968 Olympics where he scored a hat-trick against Holland. He did not take part in the first two matches, but still managed to net eight times to bag the highest scorer award.

Rasheed Junior also recorded over a century of goals for the green shirts including the historic goal against France in 1968. Rasheed Junior was also key in bagging the 1971 world championships in Spain for Pakistan.

His funeral will be held in Bannu.

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