Hockey legend Balbir Singh Sr on Tuesday suffered a cardiac arrest and his condition remains critical, his grandson Kabir said in a medical update.
The 96-year-old, a triple Olympic gold medallist, was hospitalised in Mohali on May 8.
"Nanaji was admitted on Friday, 8th May in a very serious multi-organ affected state. His condition had improved slightly but was and is still critical now.
"Doctors will be continuously assessing his condition over the next 24-48 hours, before any further statements about his condition are issued. He continues to be on ventilator assistance," said Kabir.
Medical Update for Padma Shri Balbir Singh Sr. (12/05/2020)
- nanji suffered a cardiac arrest this morning at 0900 hrs. Timely medical assistance revived him. He was admitted in medical ICU @ Fortis, Mohali on Friday, 8th May in a very serious multi-organ affected state. (1/2)
— Balbir Singh Sr. (@BalbirSenior) May 12, 2020
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh wished the legend a speedy recovery.
"Saddened to know that @BalbirSenior Ji had a heart attack today and is in ICU now in a critical state. Praying for your speedy recovery, sir," the CM tweeted.
Saddened to know that @BalbirSenior Ji had a heart attack today and is in ICU right now in a critical state. Praying for your speedy recovery, Sir.— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) May 12, 2020
In January last year, Balbir Sr was discharged from PGI after spending 108 days in the hospital, where he underwent treatment for bronchial pneumonia.
One of the country's tallest athletes, Balbir Sr became the only Indian among 16 legends chosen by the International Olympic Committee across the modern Olympic history.
His world record for most goals scored by an individual in the men's hockey final of the Olympics still remains unbeaten.
He had scored five goals in India's 6-1 victory over the Netherlands in the gold medal match of the 1952 Helsinki Games.
He was conferred with the Padma Shri in 1957 and was also the manager of India's World Cup-winning team in 1975.