Balbir Singh (Senior)
Balbir Singh Sr. is a retired field hockey player from India. He was born on 10th October 1924 in Haripur, Punjab. Balbir Singh Sr. was the center forward in Indian Hockey Team
In 1971, he coached the Indian team for the Men’s hockey World Team and was the manager of the Indian team that won the 1975 Men’s Hockey World Cup. Balbir was coached by Harbail Singh, who used to be the coach of the Indian Hockey Team in the Helsinki Olympics.
Career Achievements of Balbir Singh Sr.
In 1945, Balbir represented the Punjab University for the All India Inter – University titles and the team won title. He made his first international Debut at the London Olympics in the second match against Argentina. India scored 9 goals out of which 6 of them were scored by Blabir, including a hat trick. In the final game against Britain Balbir scored 2 goals out 4 goals and India won the game.
In the Helsinki Olympics, balbir was the Vice Captain of the Indian Hockey team. He scored a hat trick in the semifinals against Britain. In the Finals, he scored 5 goals against Holland, including a hat trick and India won the match by 6-1. In the Helsinki Olympics, Balbir Scored a total of 9 goals.
At the Melbourne Olympics in 1956, Balbir was the captain of the Indian Hockey Team and scored 5 goals in the opening match against Afghanistan. But unfortunately, he got injured and was out till the quarterfinals. He played in the semifinal and final against Pakistan won the match by 1-0.
In 1957, Balbir Singh Sr. was the first Indian Sport person to achieve the Padma Shri award in Sports Category. He was the member of the Indian hockey team that won silver medal in the 1958 Asian Games and the 1962 Asian Games. He also got the honor to lit the Scared Flame at the 1962 Asian Games.