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Mohammed Shahid


Best Forward of 1980 Champions Trophy
Gold medal in 1980 Moscow Olympic Games
Member of Asian All-Star team in 1986
Arjuna Award in 1980-81
Padma Shri in 1986

Mohammed Shahid has been an Indian Hockey player, very much famous because of his amazing dribbling skills and considered to be one of the best dribblers in the world of all times. An aggressive Inside Left, he along with Zafar Iqbal formed a sharp weapon able to cut through even the strongest defences in World Hockey those days.

Early Life
He was born on the 14th of April 1960 at Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. Getting attracted towards the game of Hockey at quite an early age, he began playing at the Junior level, and caught the eye of the game veterans soon.

International Hockey
At the age of 19 years he was selected for the Junior Indian Hockey team participating in the Junior World Cup held in France. Just within a short span of one year, he was able to find a place for himself in the Senior National Hockey team of India that represented the nation at International Hockey Tournament, Kuala Lumpur and Champions Trophy Tournament, Karachi in 1980.

Although the Indian squad didn’t fare quite well at the Karachi tournament, Mohammed Shahid was named as the Best Forward of the Tournament over there. Further, he represented the Indian team at the Moscow Olympic Games 1980, where the squad managed to grab the Gold Medal successfully. He also played at the World Cup Hockey Tournament 1981-82 held at Bombay (now Mumbai), wherein the Indian team finishted at 5th place. Afterwards, he participated in the Champions Trophy Hockey Tournament, Karachi in 1983 & 1984, and played at Esanda World Hockey Tournament held at Perth, Australia.

Shahid was a part of the Indian Hockey team that played at Los Angeles Olympic Games 1984 and Seoul Olympic Games 1988, although the Indian team couldn’t get any medal at these events. He also represented the Indian team at Delhi Asian Games 1982, getting the nation a Silver Medal, and Seoul Asian Games 1986, grabbing a Bronze Medal for the team. Owing to his brilliant performance at the Seoul Asian Games 1986, he was selected for the Asian All Star Hockey team. Shahid played for the Indian team at London World Cup Hockey tournament 1986, where the Indian squad could only manage to secure 12th position.

Other Achievements
Mohammed Shahid had excellent dribbling skills and was said to be the Best Dribbler in the World. As an employee of the Indian Railways as a Welfare Inspector, Mohammed Shahid has represented the Indian Railways Hockey team in a number of National Hockey Championships, and even got the team a National Championship Title in the year 1988 played at Delhi. He has also led the Indian Hockey team as its Captain during the year 1985-86.

As an honor to his outstanding services to the nation in the sport of Hockey, Mohammed Rashid was conferred upon Arjuna Award in the year 1980-81. Further, he was also honored with the Padma Shri award in the year 1986.

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