Shankar Lakshman

Olympic athlete

1933 – 2006


Who was Shankar Lakshman?

Shankar Lakshman was an Indian hockey player. He was goalkeeper of the Indian team in the 1956, 1960 and 1964 Olympics, that won two gold medals and one silver medal. He was the first goalkeeper to become captain of an international hockey team and was awarded the Arjuna award and the Padmasri by the Indian government. He was captain of the Indian team which won the gold in the 1966 Asian Games. After missing the selection for the 1968 Olympics, Laxman quit hockey. He remained with the Army, retiring in 1979 as a captain of the Maratha Light Infantry. He lived the final years of his life in poverty, and died in 2006 after suffering gangrene in one leg in Mhow.


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Jul 7, 1933
Also known as
  • Shankar Laxman
  • India
Lived in
  • Indore
Apr 29, 2006

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