Two-time Olympic gold medalist in hockey, Keshav Datt passed away Wednesday due to age-related ailments. Datt breathed his last around 12:30 am at his residence in Santoshpur, Kolkata. Keshav Chandra Dutt was an Indian field hockey player and played as a halfback. He was born on 29th December 1925 in Lahore. He has won gold medals for his team in the 1948 and 1952 Olympics. He was part of India’s historic fear at the 1948 Olympics where they beat home team Britain 4-0 at the Wembley Stadium in London to win the first gold post-independence.
Datt was also in East Africa under the leadership of Major Dhyan Chand in 1947. He has also participated in Helsinki Games in 1952. Their team beat the Netherlands 6-1 in the summit clash to become the Olympic champions for the fifth consecutive time. Hockey India president Gyanendro Ningombam gave a statement ‘We are all very saddened to learn about the legendary halfback Keshav Datt’s Denise early this morning. He was the live surviving member of the 1948 and 1952 Olympics Games and it felt like the end of an era.
We all grew up listening to incredible stories of their memorable outings for independent India at the Olympics and they went on to India generations of hockey players in the country. Hockey India mouths his Dennis and on behalf of the Federation I events my deepest condolences to his family. West Bengal Chief Minister Mata Banerjee also expressed her condolences on social media. She wrote, “The world of hockey has lost one of the true legends today.thisnis saddened to know that Keshav Datt has passed away. He won two gold medals in 1948 and one in 1952. He is a Champion of India and Bengal. My deepest condolences to his family and friends”.
Datt also captained the Mohun Bagan hockey squad from 1951-1953 and in 1957-1958. He was an integral part of the Indian team. As a Mohun Began player, he won the hockey League six times and the Brighton Cup three times in a span of 10 years. He was awarded the Mohun Began Ratna award in 2019 and became the first no-footballer recipient of the honour. Keshav Datt passed away Wednesday due to age-related ailments. Datt breathed his last around 12:30 am at his residence in Santoshpur, Kolkata. The last rites will be performed on Thursday by his family. To know more about this article stay connected to us.