In the death of hockey
Olympian Inder Singh
, who breathed his last in Italy on August 19, 2001 at the age of 56, India lost a versatile sportsman who not only inspired youngsters back home with his dazzling stickwork but also motivated youngsters to take up hockey
overseas. The former hockey star, who represented India
in the 1968 Mexico Olympics
, was afflicted with cancer which was detected at a late stage. Married to Gianna, an Italian citizen, Inder Singh had settled in Italy
after relinquishing his job in the Railways. His wife, Gianna, was also a national level hockey player of her country.
Nicknamed ‘Gogi’, Inder Singh was born in the erstwhile princely state of Faridkot
which has produced many players of repute. He received his early education in Balbir High School, Faridkot, an institution which boasted of well-maintained hockey and football grounds. Since hockey was the most popular game, Inder honed his skill under ideal conditions.Having gained proficiency in hockey, Inder Singh was offered a job in the Railways. He represented the institution’s team in various tournaments of the country. His outstanding performance while playing in the inside-left position was instantly noticed and Inder soon found himself in the national team. In the Mexico Olympics, his performance came in for special mention.
However, shortly thereafter he emigrated to Italy and played a major role in establishing a hockey club at Bra, a small town in northern Italy, which also had an... Read More