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Hockey legend Leslie Claudius hospitalised, BHA postpones lifetime award

Posted on Dec 14, 05:56PM | UNI

Octogenarian hockey legend Leslie Claudius, suffering from old-age problem and cirrhosis of the liver, was admitted to a private hospital after reporting uneasiness, family sources said today.

The eighty five-year-old triple Olympic gold winner in field hockey was admitted last night with breathing problem and other ailments.

India's best known hokey player, Leslie Claudius had won gold medal with India in London, 1948, Helsinki in 1952 and Melbourne in 1956 and silver medal in Tokyo Olympics.

The Bengal Hockey Association (BHA) which had planned to confer a Lifetime Achievement award on the octogenarian at his residence today, postponed the programme by a day, said BHA secretary Gurbux Singh.

Mr Singh told the BHA had planned to complete the ceremony in hospital itself by this evening, but the medical authorities did not allow it.

He said since the legendary hockey player has been in and out of hospital over the last few months, the BHA would hand over the Lifetime Achievement award to his son Brandon by Saturday.

Mr Claudius is under treatment at Woodland Hospitals in south Kolkata.

In 12 months, Claudius had been hospitalised five times.