Millennium Post (Kolkata)
Hockey player Balbir Singh Junior dead
CHANDIGARH: Balbir Singh Junior, who was a member of the silver medal-winning 1958 Asian Games Indian hockey team, died here at the age of 88, his daughter Mandeep Samra said on Tuesday.
He is survived by his wife, daughter and son.
"My father passed away in sleep on Sunday morning due to heart failure," his daughter said.
His son is settled in Canada and could not attend the last rites of his father because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Born on May 2, 1932, at
Sansarpur in Jalandhar, also known as the nursery of Indian hockey, Balbir Singh Junior had played alongside legends like Balbir Singh Senior, Leslie Claudius, Prithipal Singh, Balkishan and Charles Stephen among others.
Singh took to hockey when he was six years old. He studied at Lyallpur Khalsa College in Jalandhar and was first selected to play for the Indian hockey team in 1951 during the tour of Afghanistan. He was part of the Punjab state hockey team and also captained Panjab University team.