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‘I always fight until the final whistle’: Syed Shahid Hakim recovers from COVID-19

Written by Debkalpa Banerjee
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Up to date: July 28, 2020 9:43:36 pm


Syed Shahid Hakim had a taking part in profession that spanned for practically 25 years. (Supply: File)

Syed Shahid Hakim, a former Olympic footballer and a Dhyan Chand Awardee, has recovered from COVID-19 after being recognized by the virus earlier this month.

The 81-year-old fell ailing after visiting Karnataka and had examined constructive for coronavirus on June 13. He spent the subsequent two weeks in quarantine in a Hyderabad resort after failing to discover a mattress within the army hospital.

Hakim, who represented India within the 1960 Olympics, mentioned that he will probably be discharged from care on Tuesday evening.

“I’ve recovered from the virus and I really feel match now. Fortunately, I will probably be discharged from the resort tonight and will probably be sustaining a strict schedule for the subsequent 21 days for correct rehabilitation as per physician’s directions,” Hakim advised indianexpress.com over the telephone.

“I hope no person else ever will get affected by the virus… not even my enemy. I’m grateful to all the needs that got here ahead in my time of want. From Kashmir to Kerala, from Bengal to Bombay, I don’t know the way many individuals have been praying for me, however I’m actually grateful to them.”

The members of the 1960 Rome Olympics with nationwide group head coach Syed Abdul Rahim. (Supply: AIFF)

The Dronacharya Award recipient rued about the truth that no assist was supplied from the federal government.

“Neither the centre nor the state, no authorities supplied their serving to hand to me. Not even the soccer federation of the nation — the All India Soccer Federation (AIFF). My household helped me with the bills, particularly my sister who lives in America,” he mentioned.

“My father, Syed Abdul Rahim, was affected by most cancers when he helped India win the gold medal within the 1962 Asian Video games. He didn’t beg anybody for any help then, and I received’t now too. I’m his son in any case.”

“I’ll proceed to lift my voice by myself to create a corpus fund for the advantage of the yesteryear stars. I’ll by no means hand over. I’ll combat till the ultimate whistle. I at all times have and I at all times will,” he added.

After his retirement from the game, Hakim took to refereeing in 1974 and officiated in 33 worldwide video games until 1989, together with the 1988 AFC Asian Cup in Qatar.

The Hyderabad-born later took up teaching, following the footsteps of his illustrious father Syed Abdul Rahim, who led India to the semi-finals within the 1956 Melbourne Olympics and two Asian Video games gold medals in 1951 and 1962.

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