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Pakistan pays tribute to hockey legend Abdul Rasheed Jr.

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.





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