CHANDIGARH: Punjab Sports and Youth Services Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi, on Sunday, condoled the sad demise of Ishar Singh Deol (91), a world athlete conferred with Dhyan Chand National Sports Award. The mortal stays of Deol, who handed away late final night, had been consigned to fireplace at Jalandhar at the moment.
Sharing his heartfelt sympathy with the bereaved household, relations and pals, Rana Sodhi prayed to the Almighty to grant everlasting peace to the departed soul and provides power and braveness to the household to bear the loss, saying that Deol gained many medals for the nation and the state since 1951 and awarded the Dhyan Chand National Award in 2009 for his lifelong contribution in the direction of sports activities. “The passing away of Deol has created an enormous void in the sports activities world, stated the minister, including that Deol was General Secretary of the Punjab Athletes Association for 30 consecutive years and Vice President of the Athletic Federation of India and a member of the Selection Committee for a few years.
Deol, born on September 7, 1929 in village Ranguwal of district Ludhiana, had studied tenth from High School, Montgomery in Pakistan and graduated from Khalsa College, Amritsar. After Obtaining Athletics Coaching Certificate from NIS Patiala, he joined the Pepsu Police as an ASI for a while after which moved to State Sports College, Jalandhar, from the place he retired as Principal (Executive) in 1987.
Deol competed in the first three Asian Games and gained a bronze medal in the second Asian Games held in Manila, Philippines in 1954. During the International Athletic Meet-1957 in Montgomery, Pakistan, he set a brand new Asian report in Shot-put with 46 toes 11.2 inches throw. Deol regularly participated in shot-put and discus throw occasions from 1951 to 1960. He gained gold medals in the All India Police Meet for 5 consecutive years from 1952 to 1957 moreover clinching gold at the first Asian Veteran Athletic Meet in Singapore in 1982. Apart from this, he carried out duties on numerous prestigious positions in sports activities tournaments held at house and overseas.