Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

Pakistan hockey legend Mansoor Ahmed passes away

Pakistan hockey legend Mansoor Ahmed passes away

Pakistan's World Cup-winning hockey hero Mansoor Ahmed died Saturday of heart failure aged 50 after battling the disease for years, his family said.

The 49-year-old was a Goalkeeper and Captain Pakistan hockey team and played 338 global matches.

However, the hockey legend had wanted a more conventional and proven procedure, for which he had wanted to go to India and had thus refused the offer.

In a video message the Olympian, who played a vital role in Pakistan's victory at the Hockey World cup 1994 thanks to his brilliant goal keeping, had appealed to the government and the Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi for medical assistance.

He had said that the LVAD procedure basically is a plastic mechanical pump implanted in a heart to help it function but he preferred to have a proper heart transplant which was available in Chennai, India.

Last month, he made headlines reaching out to his former sporting rivals India for help seeking his heart transplant.

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Dr Qamar who is the administrative head at the NIVCD said Mansoor's condition was not right for him to travel anywhere.

Ahmed was considered as the last great hockey goalkeeper Pakistan produced.

He was famous for his penalty stroke-save in 1994 hockey world cup final against Holland.

Ahmed - who played 338 worldwide matches, participated in three Olympics and various other high-profile events in a career spanning from 1986 to 2000 - said the visa could be a lifesaver.

It is very sad that he has passed away at such a young age. He played 338 matches as a national goalkeeper.

He also remained captain of Pakistan national team and remained part of the team in three world cups.

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