New Delhi, May 8 (PTI): Former India hockey player and coach MK Kaushik on Saturday died after battling Covid-19 for the past three weeks.
He was 66 and survived by his son and wife.
Kaushik, a member of the 1980 Moscow Olympics Gold-medal winning Indian team, had tested positive for Covid-19 on April 17 and was admitted to a nursing home here.
“He was shifted to a ventilator this morning but passed away just now,” his son Ehsan told PTI.
Kaushik had coached both the senior men and women’s teams. Under his coaching, India men’s team won a Gold medal at the 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok.
Also, Indian women’s team had won a Bronze medal at the Doha Asian Games in 2006 under his coaching.
Expressing his grief over the tragic loss, Union sports minister Kiren Rijiju took to twitter and said, “Again a sad day for Indian Hockey. We lost MK Kaushik ji, member of the Indian Hockey Team that won Gold at 1980 Moscow Olympic. He also coached the 1998 Asian Games men’s team & 2002 Commonwealth Games Women’s team. Both teams won Gold. Salute to Kaushik Ji. Rest in peace.”
MK Kaushik was awarded the Arjuna Award in 1998, before being bestowed with the Dronacharya award in 2002.
India is battling a devastating second wave of Covid-19 pandemic which is causing more than 3,000 deaths everyday.