Ravinder Pal Singh, a former Indian hockey player who was a member of the Indian team that won the gold medal at the 1980 Moscow Olympics, died of COVID-19 on Saturday. After contracting the virus, he was admitted to the Vivekananda Hospital on April 24. He had been fighting COVID-19 for two weeks but lost the battle to it and passed away in Lucknow at the age of 62.
He was the former centre-half of the Indian Hockey Team. Ravinder also competed in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and the 1979 Junior World Cup, in addition to winning gold in 1980. He also represented the national side in many tournaments, including the champions trophy in Karachi (1980, 1983), the world cup in Mumbai in 1982, and the Asian cup in Karachi in 1982. Before taking voluntary retirement, he worked at the State Bank of India in Lucknow.
Hockey India tweeted to pay their condolences to Ravinder's family.
Kiren Rijiju, the Sports Minister, and India hockey player SV Sunil, shared the news of Ravinder's death on Twitter and expressed his condolences.