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is a former hockey
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player from India
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. He captained the Indian team
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, which won the gold medal at the 1980 Summer Olympics
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, Soviet Union
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After Olympic gold win as a player, Baskaran coached the Indian National Team several times, the last time at the 2006 Men's Hockey World Cup
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, where India finished in a disappointing eleventh place.
He was awarded Arjuna Award
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in (1979–1980) for his brilliant performance as a player in Olympic Games.