Raghbir Singh Bhola dies of Indian hockey team winning Gold at the Melbourne Olympics

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Hockey  //  27, January 2019

Raghbir Singh Bhola

Two-time Olympic medallist Former India hockey player Raghbir Singh Bhola has passed away at the age 92. Bhola represented India in the 1956 Melbourne and 1960 Rome Olympics, winning a gold or silver medals respectively for the country.

 Bhola served various roles such as the member of the IHF selection committee, FIH international umpire, manager of the Indian hockey team, TV commentator and government observer at the Olympic Games

Bhola has successfully captained the Indian Air Force hockey or Services team from 1954-60 and won the Inter Services Hockey Championship three times and the National Hockey Championship on two occasions.

Raghbir Singh Bhola was born to a middle-class family in Multan (now in Pakistan) on Aug 21 1927. Raghbir developed an aptitude for sports in an early age. The standard for sports in his school was high and he is only got an opportunity to play Field Hockey early when the senior players did not attend the games. His interest in the sports was furthered by Dr. Khuda Baksh Awan, a civil surgeon at Khanewal who encouraged him to play with children.

He was honoured with Arjuna Award for his achievements in hockey in 2000. 

Dr. Bhola Sinh 3 January 1939 – 19 October 2018 was an Indian politician. He was member of the Indian Parliament, and represented Begusarai Lok Sabha constituency which he won on a ticket from BJP. Before joining the BJP he has been part of almost every political party in Bihar including Communist Party, Congress Party,Rashtriya Janta Dal.Before getting elected for Indian Parliament he has was the Urban Development Minister of Bihar. He was Deputy Speaker of Bihar Legislative Assembly from 2000 to 2005. He was  professor in History before getting elected from Begusarai in 1967 as an independent candidate.

Starting his political career in the late 60s, he has been elected as member of the state legislative assembly eight times from Begusarai assembly seat since 1967.
His only electoral venture outside the district was in 2009 when he successfully contested the last parliamentary election from Nawada as a nominee.

Political career

Bhola Singh's long political journey spanning almost five decades began as  left-supported Independent MLA in 1967 before being formally elected as CPI MLA in 1972.He, however, later joined Congress in 1977 owing to differences with leaders in CPI and even pulled off a spectacular victory as Congress nominee from the Begusarai seat in 1977, when only 56 Congress party nominees could be elected in 324-seat assembly.

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