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Hockey maestro Leslie Claudius to make final journey on Sunday

Posted on Dec 22, 11:40AM | UNI

The mortal remains of Leslie Claudius was today shifted to the Peace Haven mortuary for his last journey on Sunday.

Eighty-five-year-old Leslie Walter Claudius, the last surviving Indian hockey player boasting four Olympics medals, died yesterday at the Woodlands Hospitals after suffering from cirrhosis of lever.

Bengal Hockey Association's sources said the body of Claudius was brought to Peace Haven this morning.

They said the last rites of the hockey legend would be held at the Park Circus burial ground on Sunday.

Before the final journey his body would be taken to Customs tent in Maidan, where he spent most of his playing career in last century. And then office of the BHA, where he was a life member and then at Rabindra Sadan in south Kolkata for public view.

Meanwhile, his two sons Bozo and Richard arrived with their families here last night from Australia.

Claudius is survived by his wife and three sons and grandchildren.

One of his sons Robert (Bobby), a promising hockey player who had been selected for India junior side, died in a car accident in late 70s.

Bengal Hockey Association said with his demise an era of Indian hockey has ended.

Claudius was winner of gold medal with Indian hockey team in 1948 (London), Helsinki (1952) and Melbourne (1956) and led the county to win silver in Tokyo Olympics.

Only Udham Singh was the other India to win so many medels.