Former hockey Olympian Naveed Alam passes away

Naveed Alam had been diagnosed with blood cancer earlier this month. 

LAHORE: Former hockey Olympian and member of the winning team of 1994 World Cup Naveed Alam has passed away.

Alam, aged 47, had been diagnosed with blood cancer earlier this month. He was undergoing treatment at Shaukat Khanum Hospital Lahore undergoing chemotherapy. He was transferred to the intensive care unit after his health deteriorated last night.

His family had revealed earlier this month that the former sportsman was feeling unwell for several days and went to Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital where doctors learned of his illness. The 1996 Summer Olympics participant coached the teams of Pakistan, China and Bangladesh.

Earlier Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar had said that he was saddened over the news of the ailment of former hockey Olympian Naveed Alam

The chief minister has announced that expenditures of his treatment will be borne by the Punjab government. He added that instructions have been issued to the concerned officials and Naveed Alam will be fully taken care of during the treatment.

The Sindh government had also written a letter to Shaukat Khanum hospital Lahore and stating that it will bear all expenses for the treatment of the former hockey player.