• Pakistan hockey legend Mansoor Ahmed dies aged 49

      May 13, 2018    

    Former goalkeeper was suffering from a heart conditionPakistan hockey legend Mansoor Ahmed died on Saturday after being ill for a long time due to a heart ailment.

    The legendary goalkeeper, known as the hero of the 1994 hockey World Cup, was 49 years old.

    He was admitted to the hospital on Saturday morning and was put on ventilator, but didn’t survive since his heart was functioning with only 20 per cent efficiency.

    Mansoor had represented Pakistan in 338 international hockey games between 1986 and 2000. He also captained the Pakistan team for a short time.

    The 49-year-old had been suffering from complications stemming from a pacemaker and stents implanted in his heart.

    Ahmed was a sporting icon in Pakistan since helping the country win the 1994 World Cup in Sydney with his penalty stroke push against the Netherlands in the final and had called out India to help him.

    “I may have broken a lot of Indian hearts on the field of play by beating India in the Indira Gandhi Cup (1989) and in other events but that was sport,” Ahmed told AFP. “Now I need a heart transplant in India and for that I need support from the Indian government.”

    India-Pakistan ties, including sports and cultural contacts, plummeted after the 2008 militant attacks in Mumbai, which New Delhi blamed on Pakistani militant groups.

    Despite the strained ties, Pakistanis are eligible to apply for medical visas to India, renowned for its booming medical tourism industry.

    Ahmed — who played 338 international matches, participated in three Olympics and various other high-profile events in a career spanning from 1986 to 2000 — had said the visa could be a lifesaver.

    “Humanity is paramount and I too would be obliged if I get a visa and other help in India,” said Ahmed.


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