Legendary hockey international Michael Kindo passed away at the Rourkela Government Hospital (RGH) at the age of 74.
Michael was born on 20th June 1947 in Simdega in Jharkhand and later moved to Rourkela, Odisha. He was an excellent defender and performed as a full-back. As a fantastic player, he brought many honours nationally and internationally as well.
In the 1972 Munich Olympics, he represented India and won the Bronze medal for the country. He scored a goal each against England, Mexico, and New Zealand. He was a member of the Indian team that won the 1975 World Cup in Kuala Lumpur, beating Pakistan 3-2. Along with that, in the 1973 World Cup, he was also a part of the national team and later won a silver medal in Amsterdam.
For his outstanding performances throughout his career and he was awarded Arjuna Award in 1972.
After the news broke, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik pays his tribute to the Hockey player. He passes his condolences and sends a message stating – Kindo was an iconic player whose contribution to global hockey would never be forgotten. He further added that Michael had made our country and our state proud with his stellar performance in world cups.
CM Patnaik further said that players like Michael are the inspiration behind our recognition in the field of hockey. He lastly conveyed his deep sympathy for the bereaved family members.