Lala Abdul Rashid

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Lala Abdul Rashid
Lala Abdul Rashid.jpg
Medal record
Men's field hockey
Representing  Pakistan
Gold medal – first place 1960 Summer Olympics Team Competition

Lala Abdul Rashid (June 1, 1922 – March 8, 1988) was a member of Pakistan's gold medal winning 1960 Olympic field hockey team. He played as a goalkeeper throughout the tournament.[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Rawalpindi, British India on 1 June 1922, he originated from a Kashmiri Butt family whose parents migrated from Kashmir in early 1900s. He studied at Danny's High School in Rawalpindi and then joined Gordon College (Pakistan), where he played hockey. After graduation, he was selected to play for University of Punjab, Lahore and played for them in 1942.

International career[edit]

Rashid represented Pakistan at the Olympics and was part of the team that won the gold medal at the 1960 Rome Olympics. During the whole tournament only one goal was scored against Pakistan whereas Lala Abdul Rashid was able to stop all the scoring efforts by other teams. Pakistan won the Olympics gold in field hockey for the first time since independence of Pakistan in 1947. Abdul Rashid also served as the team coach of Pakistan in the late 1970s. He also held the position of Asian Hockey Federation general manager for few months, but quickly stepped down. He was highly respected in the hockey world and was instrumental in raising field hockey's profile to an international level, winning an emerging player award in 1960. Rashid died in Rawalpindi on March 8, 1988 at the age of 65.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Abdul Rashid Biography and Olympic Results". Retrieved 23 August 2017. 
  2. ^ "Pakistan Hockey - Olympic Games". Pakistan Hockey Federation. Archived from the original on 1 December 2010. Retrieved 23 August 2017.