New Delhi: Famous hockey player Maharaj Kishan Kaushik (M K KAUSHIK) passed away on Saturday in a nursing home in Delhi.
On the same day, two members of the gold medal winning team at the 1980 Moscow Olympics left us. Ravinder Pal Singh died in Lucknow this morning.
Born on 2 May 1955, MK Kaushik was a member of the Indian team that won the gold medal at the 1980 Moscow Olympics. India defeated Spain 4-3 in the final match of Moscow Olympics. For India, two goals were scored by Surinder Singh Sodhi, the third goal was by MK Kaushik and the fourth goal was by Mohammad Shahid.
Kaushik, who retired from the post of Deputy Director of Sports, Government of Haryana, has previously been the coach of both senior men’s and women’s teams. Along with him, the Indian men’s team won a gold medal in the 1998 Asian Games. The Indian women’s team won a bronze medal at the 2006 Asian Games.
In 1998 MK Kaushik was honored with the Arjuna Award.
In recognition of his contribution to coaching, he was given the prestigious Dronacharya Award in 2002.
MK Kaushik has also written a book called Golden Boot.
Tributes have been pouring in from all quarters for him.