By Advocate Juliet O. Nyangái
Kenya mourns the demise of Hockey Legend, OLY Parminder Saini.
Kake, as he was more known by close family and friends passed in on Kisumu on the 30th of May 2021. The icon was a philanthropist and a family man, immensely loved by his family, pets, and friends. Messages of sorrow and condolences filled social media upon his demise.
In recounting the epic anecdotes of Kenyan Olympians, Kake Parminder Singh Saini is a must feature. Kake represented Kenya at the 1984 Los Angeles where the team were eighth overall and 1998 Seoul Olympic Games. He played other numerous international matches with his last being in February of 1993 against Zimbabwe at Kenya’s capital city. This was not an end to his passion and enthusiasm for what he did best as he continued coaching.
Kake had been awarded a certificate of Recognition by the World Olympians Association in recognition of his achievement as an Olympian whereas he was granted use of the post-nominal letters OLY, to signify his ongoing role in society as an Olympian, living and promoting the Olympic values. OLY gives one 24/7 public recognition of years of hard work, dedication, and promotion of the Olympic values.
The contribution of Kake towards the promotion of hockey in Kenya is undoubted. Until his demise, Kake served as Kenya Hockey Union technical advisor where he had served as Vice Chairman from 2014 to 2015. The legend played in numerous regional and international matches and tournaments
Kake shall be remembered as a man deserving of the title OLY for the meaningful contribution he made as an Olympian and his unfailing devotion to the promotion of Olympic values. May the Almighty rest his soul in eternal peace.
The Author was a legal advisor to the legendary former Kenya hockey Olympian and is a personal friend to the family.