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Pakistani Christian Olympic hockey player-Jack Britto


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Jack Britto was born on 16th of August 1926, he was a Pakistani Olympic hockey player. In his childhood Jack, attended Saint Patrick’s High School, Karachi. He was an outstanding hockey player since his schooldays. He was one of a number of Christians, most with family roots in the Portuguese enclave of Goa.

Later on, he joined Pakistan National Hockey Team, as a right half. He was equally at home in both the centre and right side of defence. Britto exhibited an excellent stick work; he was a skilled dribbler and one of the best ‘goal shooters’ in the game. Later on, he represented Pakistan in the Helsinki Olympics of 1952.

Jack Britto played in all 3 of Pakistan’s matches at the 1952 Olympics however; soon afterwards he left Pakistan for Malawi. From 1954 onwards, Britto played for and later coached the national hockey team in Malawi. He was settled in Wimbledon, UK until his death in London on September 15, 2013.