Olympian Naveed Alam loses battle with cancer aged 47!
His daughter said Alam’s health deteriorated last night as he underwent chemotherapy at Shaukat Khanum Hospital, Lahore.
He was transferred to the intensive-care unit after his health deteriorated, she added.
His funeral prayers will be offered at 10 pm tonight, at Company Bagh in Sheikhupura, the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) confirmed.
PHF Secretary-General Asif Bajwa, Manzoor Junior, Asif Naz, and Khawaja Junaid will attend the funeral prayers, PHF’s statement read.
Naveed Alam was diagnosed with blood cancer earlier this month when he was admitted to SKH after being severely ill.
Alam, a member of the winning team of the 1994 World Cup, and had also served as Pakistan’s hockey team manager at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008.
Condolence messages and tributes continue to pour in on social media on his sad demise.
Pride of Pakistan, Former Hockey Olympian and 1994 Hockey world cup winner Naveed Alam is no more 💔— 𝕄𝕚𝕒𝕟 𝕊𝕙𝕒𝕙𝕫𝕒𝕕 𝔽𝕒𝕣𝕠𝕠𝕢 🇩🇪🇵🇰 (@shaadD10) July 13, 2021
May Allah Almighty bless his soul with highest ranks in Jannah.#NaveedAlam pic.twitter.com/4Q5OAneTpi
Amazed to see My Name is trending but Sad to here that great Olympian Naveed Alam who was suffering from cancer has passed away: May he be in peace 😭 #NaveedAlam #OlympianNaveedAlam pic.twitter.com/7uZpI7i5aQ— Naveed Alam (@naveedalam92) July 13, 2021
اناللہ وانا الیہ راجعون۔۔۔ قومی کھیل ہاکی کا ایک روشن باب اپنے اختتام کو پہنچا۔۔ اولپمئین نوید عالم اپنے رب کے حضور پیش ہو گئے۔۔ اللہ پاک ان کے درجات بلند کرے اور حسنات اپنی بارگاہ میں قبول کرے۔۔ #NaveedAlam#AnEraOfHockey pic.twitter.com/9oAM0W5C72— Ammar Mazhar (@Ibn_e_Irshad) July 13, 2021
The 1996 Summer Olympics participant remained caught up in a legal battle over the PHF elections in which Qasim Zia and Asif Bajwa were elected as president and secretary, respectively.
The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) had also appointed Alam as director of development and domestic in 2016.