Balbir Singh Junior, who was a member of the silver medal profitable 1958 Asian Games Indian hockey crew, breathed his final in Chandigarh on Sunday. The loss of life of this Sansarpur-born hockey participant got here ten months after the demise of Balbir Singh Senior.
“My father breathed his final on Sunday morning and he handed away resulting from coronary heart failure in his sleep. He took delight in representing India at the worldwide degree together with the 1958 Asian Games and he would additionally share with us about his taking part in days alongside with Balbir Singh Senior sir. We are touched by all the tributes and condolences coming from the hockey world and followers and my mom Sukhpal Kaur thanks all the effectively wishers. He was additionally an avid golfer and a tennis participant and was a member of the Chandigarh Golf Club,” shared Mandeep Samra, daughter of Balbir Singh Junior.
Born on May 2, 1932 at Sansarpur, Punjab, Balbir Singh Junior began taking part in hockey at the age of six years seeing his elder brothers play the sport in the hockey floor at the village. A scholar of Lyallpur Khalsa College and later DAV College, Jalandhar, Balbir Singh Junior would additionally captain the Panjab University crew in the Inter-University hockey tournaments other than taking part in in the Punjab crew earlier than becoming a member of the Indian Railways crew in the Fifties. In 1958 Asian Games at Tokyo, Balbir Singh Junior was picked in the crew as a back-up to Balbir Singh Senior as a centre-forward however played as an inside-left in the match. Col Balbir Singh Kular (Retd), who is a member of the 1968 Mexico Olympics bronze medal profitable crew, remembers Balbir Singh Junior as an ideal gentleman and a very good hockey participant of his instances.
“In 1982 Asian video games, when a journalist launched me and different Balbirs as Balbir Singh Junior, I advised him that Balbir Singh Junior can only be the one, who played alongside with Balbir Singh Senior sir. Though he and Balbir Singh Randhawa couldn’t play in the Olympics like the different 4 Balbirs particularly Balbir Singh Senior, Balbir Singh (Punjab Police), Balbir Singh (Railways) and myself, Balbir Singh Junior was pretty much as good as anyone else. Two of his elder brothers died in the Second World War serving in the Army. Growing up in Sansarpur, we’d usually see him play alongside with his different brothers, who too played for India, and meet him. He was a mighty centre ahead and greater than that, an excellent human being. He was Services crew’s supervisor in my final nationals in 1974 in Bombay and we shared a detailed bond. It’s an excellent loss to Indian hockey,” stated Col Kular (Retd).
Though Balbir Singh Junior would be a part of the Army as an emergency commissioned officer in 1962 and later retire as main from the Army Ordinance Corps earlier than settling in Chandigarh in 1984, he was instrumental in guiding Indian Railways to a hat-trick of nationwide titles in 1957, 1958 and 1959. Kulwant Arora, member of the silver-medal profitable 1960 Olympics Indian Hockey crew, was his team-mate in Panjab University and Indian Railways, remembers the hockey stalwart.
“I first met him in 1952, after we played for the Panjab University and later we played collectively for the Indian Railways crew. He was one among finest centre forwards in the nation in the Fifties and the hat-trick of the nationwide titles for Railways spoke about his expertise. The opposition groups had gamers like two-time Olympic medallist Raghbir singh Bhola, Olympic medallist Jaswant Singh and Balbir Singh Junior excelled in opposition to groups having many Olympics medal winners gamers,” says Arora.