Michael Kondo, hockey World Cup and Olympics bronze winner, dies at 73
India’s 1975 hockey World Cup-winning and 1972 Olympics bronze winning team member Michael Kondo died at a hospital here on Thursday due to age-related ailments.
He was 73, and is survived by his wife, a son and two daughters.
“Michael Kindo passed away at the Ispat General Hospital due to age-related problems. He was bed-ridden for some time and was also suffering from depression,” a family source said. “His last rites will be performed on Friday.”
Kindo was bestowed with the Arjuna Award in 1972. Kindo, a full back in his playing days, was a member of the team that won the lone World Cup for India in 1975 in Kuala Lumpur, beating arch-rivals Pakistan in the final.
He was also in the team that won a bronze medal in the 1972 Olympics in Munich. He scored three goals in that edition of the Games.
Hockey India condoled his death. Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik described Kindo as a “tribal icon”.