Former India hockey player and coach MK Kaushik, who was part of the Indian team that last won a gold at the Moscow Olympics in 1980, passes away due to COVID-19 at the age of 66.
MK Kaushik was a member of the 1980 Moscow Olympics gold-medal-winning Indian team. He was suffering from severe lung issues and was put on a ventilator. He also tested negative for COVID-19 but was hospitalized due to falling oxygen saturation levels from the last two weeks.
On April 24, Kaushik tested positive for COVID-19, and since then he had been in the hospital. On Thursday, after testing negative he had been shifted to a Non-Covid ICU but suddenly his condition became serious and he had to be put on a ventilator on Friday.
Kaushik had coached the senior men and women teams. The Indian men’s team had won an Asian Games in Bangkok in 1998 under his coaching. Also, the Indian women team had won the bronze medal at the Doha Asian Games in 2006 under his coaching. He was also awarded the Arjuna Award in 1998.