Hockey player Varinder Singh, who was part of the Olympic and World Cup medal winning team, died in Jalandhar on Tuesday morning. He was keeping unwell for the last few days that he suddenly passed away on Tuesday morning. His last rites will be performed at 3.30 pm at the crematorium located in the native village Dhannowali in Jalandhar itself.
Varinder was born on 16 May 1947.
Dhyan Chand Awardee Varinder was born on 16 May 1947. Varinder, who was part of India’s many memorable victories in the 1970s, was 75 years old. India’s hockey team won the bronze medal at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. Varinder played in this team as a forward. He played an important role in leading the Indian team to a medal.
Varinder was then part of the Indian team that won the gold medal at the Men’s Hockey World Cup in Kuala Lumpur in 1975. India’s only gold medal in this prestigious tournament till date. India then defeated Pakistan 2-1 in the final. Varinder’s presence also won silver medals at the 1974 and 1978 Asian Games.
Varinder was also included in the Indian team in the 1975 Montreal Olympics. Varinder was also awarded the prestigious Dhyanchand Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. Varinder Singh, who made his mark as a field hockey player, served as a hockey coach in Punjab and Sindh Bank from 1985 to 1993. After this, he continued to serve as a coach in the Sports Department of Punjab State till 2008.
Even now he was teaching the tricks of the game to female hockey players at Lyallpur Khalsa College for Women. Apart from this, he was also teaching the youth to play hockey in Round Glass Hockey Academy. Hockey India has condoled the death of Varinder Singh. Hockey India said in a release that the achievements of Varinder Singh will be remembered by the hockey community around the world.
Surjeet Hockey Society mourns
Along with sports lovers in Jalandhar, Surjeet Hockey Society has expressed grief. The society said that the passing of Olympian Varinder Singh is an irreparable loss to the hockey world. His contribution in the field of hockey will always be remembered.
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