Pakistan pays tribute to hockey legend Abdul Rasheed Junior who passed away in Islamabad on Wednesday, Nov 4, after a brief illness at the age of 79.
His Namaz-i-Janazah was offered at the Bannu Tarang Cemetery on Wednesday afternoon and was laid to rest in his native village graveyard.
The former national captain is regarded as one of the finest center-forwards the country ever produced, and his place can never be filled.
He led the Pakistan field hockey team in the three Olympics games, 1968 Mexico Olympics at which Pakistan won gold; 1972 Munich Olympics at which Pakistan won a silver medal and in 1976 Montreal Olympics at which the men in green managed a bronze in 1976 with him scoring.
Rasheed Jr. was the youngest hockey player in the 1968 Olympics where he scored a hat-trick against Holland.
He holds the unique distinction of being the top scorer at the 1968 and 1972 Olympics.
And at the time of his retirement from international hockey, he had been Pakistan’s highest goal-scorer with 96 goals.
He was the hero of Pakistan field hockey who could have had never been replaced and during his tenure, the green shirts were a real force in hockey at the international level.
The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) and the Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) have extended their condolences on Rasheed Jr. passing away.
PHF president retired Brig Khalid Sajjad Khokhar paid rich tribute to Rasheed and his services for the sport.
POA president retired Lt Gen Syed Arif Hasan prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace.
On his sad demise, Pakistan pays tribute to the legendary field hockey star.
ہاکی میں پاکستان کے بہترین سنٹر فارورڈ ، لیجنڈ رشید جونیئر انتقال کر گئے۔ اہل خانہ اور ہاکی کی دنیا سے میری تعزیت۔ وہ انتہائی متاثر کن شخصیت تھی۔ اللہ اُن کی روح کو سکون پہنچائے pic.twitter.com/NU5Owla3k3
— Dr. Arif Alvi (@ArifAlvi) November 5, 2020
Saddened by the passing away of the great rasheed junior. He was in the Pak gold medal 1968 olympics & 1971 world cup teams. In the 68 olympics he was the highest goal scorer of the tournament. He brought a lot of joy and pride to Pakistan. May Allah grant him a place in jannat
— Asad Umar (@Asad_Umar) November 5, 2020
It’s very sad news for hockey family our legendary Olympian and former captain Abdul Rasheed junior passed away. He was a Great Hockey Olympian, former captain May Allah grant him high ranks. Ameen #RIP @sohailimrangeo @Shoaib_Jatt @SalmanAkbar12 pic.twitter.com/9zbV4FvLM4
— Imran butt GK 🇵🇰 (@Buttimran58Butt) November 4, 2020
PCB condoles the passing away of legendary hockey player Abdul Rasheed Jnr. Rasheed Jnr was one of the best centre-forwards of his era and holds a unique distinction of winning Olympic Gold (1968), Silver (1972) and Bronze (1976) medals pic.twitter.com/ddQO4P6YAH
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) November 4, 2020
Former Olympian Rasheed junior passed away today early morning. What a great player. King of the D. my childhood hero. Allah magfirat Kare Ameen pic.twitter.com/xHup5bnLNW
— Rasheed shakoor (@rasheedshakoor) November 4, 2020
A true champion Rasheed Junior we all missed you. ALLAH maghfarat farmaay. Aameen pic.twitter.com/mTDYIH7CF7
— Naseem Rajput (@Rajput13Naseem) November 4, 2020
Hockey wizard Abdul Rasheed Junior passes away at the age of 79. He was a dazzling centre forward whose skills were worth watching. Younger brother of Hameedi, he was one of many players from Bannu, a nursery of Hockey. A sad day for the game in the country. pic.twitter.com/hxtTiTKDpj
— Abdul Majeed Khan Marwat (@koolkopper) November 4, 2020
The Hockey Family faces a great loss. Pakistani hockey legend and Olympian Captain, Abdul Rasheed Junior, passes away at 79.
— Asian Hockey Federation (@asia_hockey) November 4, 2020
– Hockey legend Abdul Rasheed Junior passed away. The Bannu-born was one of the best centre-forwards in world hockey. He holds distinction in Pakistan’s sports – to be the only sportsman to have a complete set of Olympic medals: gold (1968), silver (1972) & bronze (1976). #RIP
— Asif Khan (@mak_asif) November 4, 2020