Subedar Hardayal Singh (retd), the former Olympic gold medallist, passed away on Friday evening. He was part of the Indian hockey team that won the gold medal in 1956 Summer Olympics at Melbourne. Also Read - Indian Women's Captain Rani Rampal Nominated For Khel Ratna Award as Hockey India Announces Recommendations For Arjuna Award, Dronacharya Award

Uttarakhand Sports Minister Arvind Pandey took to Twitter to inform about the demise of Hardayal Singh. Also Read - Ministry Invites Application For National Sports Awards Through E-Mail

Hardayal Singh had joined the Sikh Regiment in 1949 and was assigned to the 1st Battalion. After retirement, he also coached the Indian hockey team. In 2004, he was awarded the prestigious Dhyan Chand Award for his lifetime contribution to the game.