Hockey India condoles passing away of Claudius

New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) Hockey India condoled the death of the legendary Leslie Walter Claudius, who passed away after a prolonged illness in Kolkata Thursday.

The 85-year-old Claudius was among the country's best known hockey players, having won three Olympic gold medals in 1948 (London), 1952 (Helsinki) and 1956 (Melbourne). He added silver in 1960 at Tokyo Olympics when he captained the Indian team. The right-half was also the first player ever to earn 100 caps for India.

He is in the Guinness World Records along with Udham Singh for having won the most Olympic medals in hockey. Claudius was among the legendary trio of Indian hockey along with Major Dhyan Chand and Roop Singh.

HI president Mariamma Koshy said: "We had the good fortune of being able to honour Leslie Claudius along with the other Golden Greats before the Olympic Games earlier this year. His death leaves a void that will be hard to fill."

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