KARACHI: mythical Olympian Abdul Hamid aka Brigadier Hamidi, who led Pakistan to its maiden gold medal victory at Rome Olympics in 1960, died at the Rawalpindi CMH health center on Thursday, sources close to his family stated. He become 92.
The deceased is survived by way of a widow and two sons - Maj Nadeem Hameed and Faheem Hameed.
Hamidi may be laid to rest in his ancestral domestic town Bannu in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Friday after Asr prayers.
Hamidi, who lived along with his own family in Chaklala, became hospitalised days ago after his fitness deteriorated and he breathed his final on Thursday.
Hamidi had the respect of representing Pakistan at 4 Olympics – 1948 at London, 1952 at Helsinki, 1956 at Melbourne and 1960 at Rome.
Born on Jan 7, 1927, Hamidi played as inner right and rose to repute when he skippered greenshirts to a solitary intention win over arch competitors India that ended latter’s domination.
Later in his career, Hamidi served on crucial positions which include Director popular military sports activities Board, DG national sports agree with (NST) and DG Pakistan sports activities Board (PSB) from in which he retired on superannuation.
He also served as secretary of the Pakistan Hockey Federaton (PHF) for someday after his retirement from militia.
“I haven’t seen one of these best captain in my career,” celebrated ex-Olympian Abdul Waheed Khan, who performed below Hamidi’s captaincy at Rome, told .
Recalling his playing days, Waheed said Hamidi changed into appointed captain of Pakistan hockey crew in 1954 and served in that position for six years until Rome Olympics.
Waheed prayed to Allah to bless the departed soul and supply electricity to the bereaved own family to undergo the loss.
posted in sunrise, July twelfth, 2019