Kapurthala, June 24, 2015: A condolence meeting was held in Astroturf Hockey Stadium, RCF to pay homage to Smt Shashi Bala, Ex Skipper of Indian Women Hockey Team and Coach/ RCF Women Hockey Team who expired in a tragic accident on Sunday at Nawanshahar along with her son, Agrim Thakur.
The meeting was presided over by Shri. Vinay Baptiwale, Chief Mechanical Engineer and President / RCF Sports Association and attended by Officers of RCF, all officials of RCF Sports Association, Members of Unions & several organizations, current and ex sports persons, and sports lovers. The gathering at the meeting observed two minutes’ silence to mark respect to the departed souls.
Sh. Baptiwale expressed deep sorrow over this tragic incident and prayed to almighty to give strength to bear the loss. He said that her death will leave a great void for the Hockey world.
Sh. G S Hira, FA & CAO and Hony General Secretary, RCF Sports Association reminisced the deceased Hockey stalwart as a great human being, a charismatic leader and a genuine hockey star and expressed that her death was a great loss for Hockey . He informed that General Manager of RCF, Sh. Alok Dave who was not in RCF , has expressed his deep grief over this unfortunate accident. Shri Dave hailed Shashi Bala as a sportsperson who had a great vision of the game and her demise was not only a great loss for RCF Hockey but also for international hockey as several of her trained women players are part of Indian Hockey Team.
The deceased Shashi Bala started playing hockey at an early age and joined RCF in 1987. Soon, she was called for national duty and made her first international appearance against Germany in a test series. Thereafter, she was a regular member of Indian Hockey team playing Junior World Cup Qualifying Tournament, Test Series against various countries, Asia Cup, Beijing Asian Games, World Cup at Utrecth ( Holland) etc besides various international tournaments ,reaching the pinnacle of her career when she lead the country at World Cup Qualifier at Zimbabwe. She played for eighteen long years for RCF and Railways team , finally hanging her boots in 2005. Thereafter, She was called for training RCF and Railway Women Hockey Team – the assignment which she carried until her tragic death, with devotion, par excellence. She was also on the selection panel of State Hockey Team for Women. / (Rajat Kumar, Jalandhar)