Pakistan hockey great Asad Malik dies at 79 in road accident

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Srinagar, July 28: Former Pakistan hockey team skipper and legend Asad Malik on Monday died in a road accident in Lahore at the age of 79, Geo Super TV reported.

Born in Sheikhupura, Asad represented Pakistan from 1961-72. He was the first choice inside left at three Olympics: winning silver in 1964, gold in 1968 and silver in `1972.

At the `72 Olympics, he was also Pakistan’s captain. He was also vice-captain of Pakistan’s victorious teams at the first World Cup in 1971 and at the 1970 Asian Games. He also won Asian Games gold (1962) and silver from the 1966 Asian games. Asad Malik became a household name in Pakistan when he scored the winning goal at the 1968 Olympics final in Mexico where Pakistan defeated Australia 2-1.

The report further said thay Asad Malik`s death has been widely condoled by the sports circles.