Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Minister of State for Railways and Minister of State (Independent charge) for Communications Shri Manoj Sinha, Minister of State for Railways Shri Rajen Gohain and the entire Indian Railway fraternity has expressed deep condolences over the sad demise of the noted Hockey player Md. Shahid who was Railway officer working as Senior Sports Officer, Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW), Varanasi- a Production Unit of Indian Railways.
Following is the text of the statement of Ministry of Railways paying homage to the departed soul:
“The sad untimely demise of Md. Shahid is a big shock for the entire Railway Sports fraternity, Indian Hockey and the Nation.
Always full of energy, Md. Shahid had been an asset to the organization as well as to the nation. He had represented the country in a number of international hockey tournaments including Asian Games and Olympics. He had been inspiration to all Indian hockey players. His contribution to Indian Hockey was a big phenomenon.
Md. Shahid was not only an outstanding sportsperson but also an excellent sports administrator. He rendered services to Indian Railways and lastly he was serving as Senior Sports Officer in Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW), Varanasi- a Production Unit of Indian Railways.
Md. Shahid was awarded with Arjuna Award and Padma Shri for his immense contribution to Indian hockey. He is considered one of India’s best hockey players to have played the game with class and was known for his dribbling skills. He was a member of the Indian team that won the gold medal at the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow. Indian Railway is stunned with untimely demise of great sportsperson of the Nation”.