Gulraiz Akhtar (2 February 1943 – 1 November 2021) was a Pakistani field hockey player. He was born in Rawalpindi, Pakistan to Muhammad Amin and Amina. Although his father was a lawyer by profession, Akhtar had a humble upbringing. He was fourth among seven siblings, three brothers and four sisters. Inspired by their uncle Muhammad Naseeb (1950), who was also an International Field Hockey player for Pakistan and Naseer Bunda, a neighbor and family friend who was also an Olympic Gold Medalist, all three brothers, Javed, Pervez and Gulraiz started playing field hockey regularly at a local playground in Rawalpindi. One of his elder brothers, Pervez Akhtar, also became an international player for Pakistan. However, Gulraiz Akhtar shone the most, becoming Pakistan's first Left-Half to score a goal. His career concluded with three gold medals in International Tournaments. He won his first gold medal at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City.
2 February 1943|
Rawalpindi, Punjab Province, British India
1 November 2021 (aged 78)|
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Weight||61 kg (134 lb)|
Gulraiz Akhtar served in Customs before attaining retirement age. He remained active in Hockey Events and sometimes wrote in renowned magazines and newspapers.
He died on 1 November 2021, aged 78. He was laid to rest in Lahore.
- Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Gulraiz Akhtar". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 17 May 2012.
- 1968 Olympics gold medallist Gulraiz Akhtar passes away