On Saturday, Kaushik and Ravinder, embellished members of India’s final gold successful Olympic crew misplaced their battle in opposition to the COVID-19.
They’d dribbled previous formidable opposition with defy stick-work however the virus which has ruined the lives of 1000’s dedicated a lethal foul ending their match of life.
This wasn’t fairly the top that 66-year-old Kaushik and 60 12 months outdated Ravinder Pal would have ever envisaged however future performs its personal video games.
For the legendary MK Kaushik, the sport of hockey was a faith as no different participant of his era served the sport as a lot as he did for over 4 a long time in numerous capacities.
His Moscow Olympic teammate Zafar Iqbal remembers Kaushik as somebody who gave his coronary heart and soul to the sport like none of his modern teammates.
Within the morning, the Indian hockey fraternity was numbed by the passing away of Ravinder Pal and by night Kaushik’s demise was like a punch within the intestine.
“It’s a unhappy day for Indian hockey. COVID took away two of our teammates. If Ravinder’s passing away was not sufficient, Kaushik too left us within the night,” Iqbal advised PTI.
“Kaushik was a radical gentleman who had devoted his whole life to hockey. He had achieved all the pieces in his life from the sport, way more than us as aplayer in addition to a coach. No different participant of his era can match his achievements.”
After his retirement, Kaushik had coached each the senior women and men’s groups. Below his teaching, the Indian males’s crew received a gold medal on the 1998 Asian Video games in Bangkok.
Additionally, Indian girls’s crew had received a bronze medal on the Doha Asian Video games in 2006 underneath his teaching.
He was awarded the Arjuna Award in 1998, earlier than being bestowed with the Dronacharya award in 2002.
Submit retirement, Kaushik had additionally written a guide, titled ‘ The Golden Boot. He additionally made his presence felt within the celluloid from exterior within the hit 2007 Bollywood sports activities biopic, ‘Chak de India’, roughly primarily based on the lifetime of former India goalkeeper Mir Ranjan Negi.
Kaushik was concerned within the improvement of Chak De India.
However Kaushik’s profession too had its share of controversy. When he was the chief coach of the Indian girls’s crew in 2010, he was accused of sexual harassment by a member of the facet, following which he resigned from his submit. He was ultimately absolved of all the fees by an inquiry committee fashioned by Hockey India and the Sports Authority of India.
“The allegations have been baseless. Kaushik was a person of integrity and I used to be a member of the inquiry committee that investigated the case. The costs have been by no means proved,” Iqbal mentioned.
Kaushik was additionally concerned with the event of grassroots coaches and gamers when Hockey India appointed him because the excessive efficiency supervisor for the Central Zone. Of late, he was additionally actively concerned with the Nationwide Hockey Academy primarily based on the Main Dhyan Chand Nationwide Stadium.