Former Pakistan’s hockey player, Muhammad Akhlaq Ahmed passed away yesterday at CMH Hospital in Lahore after battling cancer for the past few months.
Akhlaq, who was a part of Pakistan’s Bronze medal winning team at Barcelona Olympics in 1992, was diagnosed with cancer after he undergone a dental treatment in Malaysia few months ago.
The 45-year old was treated for this fatal disease, but, his condition kept getting worse and eventually he lost the battle of his life on November 25.
Khawaja Muhammad Junaid, Akhlaq’s teammate during Pakistan’s glorious journey in Barcelona in 1992, revealed that he came to know about his health just last week and the news of his death was devastating for him.
He talked to Express Tribune and told, “The news of his death came as a huge shock. He was one of the young players who went to represent Pakistan in Barcelona and I remember him as one of the most talented and hardworking players.”
“His death is not only a loss for his family but also for the hockey fraternity and the sport as well,” he added.
Muhammad Akhlaq Ahmed was also involved in coaching Pakistan women’s team, Pakistan Whites and also with the national team of Sri Lanka.