Mirza Masood
Mirza Nasir-ud-din Masood

(1908-10-13)13 October 1908
Died19 September 1991(1991-09-19) (aged 82)
Delhi, India
Spouse(s)Atiya Masood
AwardsOlympic Gold Medallist
HonoursAmbassador, UNESCO Mission Chief
Field hockey career
National team
Years Team Apps (Gls)
British India
Medal record

Mirza Nasir-ud-din Masood (23 April 1906 – 21 September 1991) was an Indian field hockey player who competed in the 1936 Summer Olympics.

In 1936 he was a member of the Indian field hockey team, which won the gold medal. He played one match[citation needed] as halfback.

In 1948, Masood became private secretary to India's first Minister of Education, Abul Kalam Azad. He was temporarily released from that role in 1952 when he was appointed the UNESCO Mission Chief to Indonesia, where he remaimed until 1957. Following Azad's death in 1958, Jawaharlal Nehru successively appointed Masood as Advisor on Physical Education and Recreation, Consul General responsible for Muscat and Oman, the Emirates, and Bahrain, and Ambassador to Saudi Arabia. Upon his return to India in 1964, he was made secretary of the Central Waqf Board by Lal Bahadur Shastri.[1]

Masood retired to Delhi in 1968 with his wife Atiya.[1] He died in 1991 and was buried in Nizamuddin cemetery.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Mirza Nasiruddin Masud - 1936 Olympics Gold Medallist, UNESCO Chief, Ambassador". www.twf.org. Retrieved 12 February 2020.
  2. ^ K. Arumugam (12 August 2004). "When Dhyan Chand was man-marked". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 25 January 2021.