Cricketer Harbhajan Singh To Offer Financial Help To Ailing Asian Games 1978 Gold Medalist

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The 'Turbanator' of Indian cricket is set to provide financial help to former sporting legend Hakam Bhattal

Written By Narayan R | Mumbai | Updated On:

Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has produced numerous moments of brilliance with the ball. His performances on the cricket pitch have wowed the spectators and fans. And now, he is set to do something which will earn him the love and respect of everyone.

The 'Turbanator' of Indian cricket is set to provide financial help to former sporting legend Hakam Bhattal. He is currently struggling for life with serious liver and kidney ailment at a hospital in Sangrur in Punjab.

Hakam won the Gold medal in the 1978 Asian Games for in the men's 20km walk, and repeated the feat in the 1979 Asian Track and Field Championships in Tokyo. He was also given prestigious Dhyan Chand award in 2008 for his excellent service to the sport and games.

His wife had accused the government of not taking care of the athletes. She told media that there has been no help from the government, and that the athlete's family isn't wealthy and needs support for the medical care.

While there has been no help from the government, Harbhajan has decided to take things in his own hand by offering financial help. 

This isn't the first case of government apathy towards a former sportsperson. Earlier this month, former Indian hockey legend, Mohammed Shahid's wife criticized the government for not supporting the yesteryear's family post his demise. Shahid, who was a member of India's gold medal winning team in 1980 Olympics, passed away two years ago.

An Arjuna award and Padma Shri winner, he was considered as one of the best ever hockey player for India. Following his demise, there were many promises made to the family, but none have been completed yet, according to his wife Parvin Shahid.

Shahid was born on 14 April 1960. He made his debut for the nation in 1979 during the Junior World Cup in France. But Shahid made himself known in the 1980 Champions Trophy, where he was awarded the 'Best Forward Player'.

The 'dribbling king' was a part of the Indian team which won Gold in 1980 Olympics, Silver in 1982 Asian Games and Bronze in 1986 Asian Games. His performance in 1986 earned him a place in the Asian All-Star team.

By 2030, 40% Indians will not have access to drinking water