Legendary Hockey player, a double Olympic gold medalist Keshav Datt passed away on Wednesday at the age of 95 years. The reason for his death as informed by his attendant was age-related ailments. Datt is survived by his two sons and a daughter.
Born in Lahore in 1925, Datt did his education and sports at the Government College, in the western Punjab city. He was mentored by the legendary Dhyanchand and KD Singh Babu. Datt came into the limelight while representing Punjab in the National Championship in undivided India. He represented Bombay and Bengal in the National Championships as well.
Datt was a member of the Indian hockey team that won the gold medal at the 1948 London Olympics. 4 years later, he was the vice-captain of the Indian team at Helsinki and bagged another gold.
In his death, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee offered her condolences. The sports authority of India and Hockey India also offered condolences.