Former India hockey player Shashi Bala dies in accident

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Chandigarh (IANS) Former India women hockey team captain Shashi Bala and her teenaged son Agrim Thakur died in a road accident near Punjab’s Jalandhar city on Sunday, sports officials said.

Shashi Bala, 45, made her international debut in 1987 and was a member of the national team in the 1998 FIH Women World Cup in the Netherlands.

She was captain of the national team during the 1997 FIH Women World Cup Qualifier held in Harare, and after her playing career, coached the Railways’ hockey teams and later become a selector of Hockey Punjab.

Condoling her death, Hockey India president Narinder Batra said: “Hockey India would like to express its condolence at the unfortunate demise of Shashi Bala and her son with great grief and sorrow. It’s a sad day for Indian hockey fraternity. May her soul rest in peace”.

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