Bengaluru: Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli, track and field legend PT Usha, Olympic champion shooter Abhinav Bindra joined several other sportspersons on Monday (May 25) to pay rich tributes to hockey legend Balbir Singh Sr.

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Triple Olympic champion Balbir passed away in Mohali on Monday. He was 95. He was hospitalised on May 8 and was battling multiple health issues. Balbir won Olympic gold medals in 1948, 1952 and 1956 Summer Games. He coached the Indian team which won the Bronze Medal at the 1971 World Cup and was Manager of the Indian team that won the Gold Medal at the 1975 World Cup.

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"Saddened to hear of the demise of one of India's most celebrated Olympians, Balbir Singh Sr. Athletes and role models such as him come very rarely, and it was an honour to know him, and I hope his example will continue to inspire athletes from around the world!" Abhinav Bindra tweeted.

Former India hockey captain Viren Rasquinha said, "Very sad to hear of the demise of legendary Olympian Balbir Singh Sr, 3 time Olympic gold medallist. He was always smiling, so mentally alert and such a thorough gentleman. What a fine role model."

Indian hockey team goalkeeper PR Sreejesh wrote, "I was rather shocked to hear the news of legendary Olympian Balbir Singh Sr untimely demise. My heart felt condolences to his family. I pray that the almighty gives his family the strength to withstand this tragic moment. May his soul rest in peace. #RIP."

Indian women’s hockey team captain Rani said, "Pained to learn about the passing of our three times Olympic Gold medalist and legend Balbir Singh Senior sir this morning. His contribution towards Indian hockey is unforgettable. He will continue to inspire our generations to come. My deepest condolences to his family. RIP (sic)."

Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar said, "My heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Balbir Singh ji Sr. He was one of the greatest to have graced the game of hockey. May his soul Rest in Peace! (sic)."

Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli wrote, "Saddened to hear about the passing of the legend, Balbir Singh Sr. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family in this time of sorrow (sic)."

"A doyen of Indian sports Shri Balbir Singh Senior is no more. When you look back at his achievements,you just remain awestruck 3 olympic gold medals,five goals in Olympic final. Manager of World Cup winning team Possibly among India's greatest sporting icons.May his soul rest RIP (sic)," veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh tweeted.

Track and field legend PT Usha said, "His bestowed hands may strengthen my passions more. My condolences to his family, friends and fans! (sic)," Usha tweeted.