Key Highlights –
- On Monday, May 25, the Punjab government has announced that Mohali International Hockey Stadium in Sector 63, to renamed after triple Olympian and Padma Shri Balbir Singh Sr.
- The decision has been taken after the wait of one full year. Hence, the stadium will now known as the Olympian Balbir Singh Senior International Hockey Stadium.
- However, the Punjab Sports Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi said that “Due to certain circumstances, the project got delayed. We had decided last year to dedicate this stadium to Balbir Singh Sr. His contribution towards promoting hockey is immense and unmatchable,” he had also announced of the first death anniversary of the legendary hockey player and coach.
- Mr Sodhi Further Added that a statue of Balbir Singh Sr would be built at the stadium to inspire young players. “It will be installed at the stadium entrance,” he said.
Fondly remember legendary hockey player Padma Shri Balbir Singh Senior. On his first Death Anniversary today, Mohali International Hockey stadium is being dedicated to him. Balbir ji was a triple Olympic Gold Medallist and Manager & Chief Coach of the 1975 World Cup winning team. pic.twitter.com/8NZvmc2IX6
— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) May 25, 2021
- The minister has also announced to start a Scholarship after this legend.
- Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh also fondly remembered the legend.
- “Fondly remember legendary hockey player Padma Shri Balbir Singh Senior. On his first death anniversary today, Mohali International Hockey stadium is being dedicated to him,” Singh tweeted.
- “Balbir Ji was a triple Olympic Gold Medallist and Manager & Chief Coach of the 1975 World Cup-winning team.”
- Balbir Singh, Sr’s world record for most goals scored by an individual in the men’s hockey final of the Olympics remains unbeaten.
- He had scored five goals in India’s 6-1 victory over the Netherlands in the gold medal match of the 1952 Helsinki Games. He was conferred with the Padma Shri in 1957.
- Balbir Singh Sr’s three Olympic gold medals came in London (1948), Helsinki (1952) as vice-captain, and Melbourne (1956) as captain.
- He was also the manager of India’s only World Cup-winning side in 1975.
- He also served as the Director of Sports Department, Punjab.
- The Punjab government had honoured the legend with Maharaja Ranjit Singh Award in 2019.
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