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Prithipal Singh

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Prithipal Singh

Born: 28 January 1932

Died: 20 May 1983

  • He was an Indian field hockey player nicknamed the “King of short corner” by hockey commentators.
  • He participated in the Olympic field hockey three times and each time he scored the highest number of goals as a single player.
  • He was a player with sharp reflexes, and the tremendous strength in his long and powerful arms produced firmest and sticking shots which unfailingly fetched him goals and often the winners.
  • The Evening Post, New Zealand commented in 1961 that to face the fury of Prithipal’s hit is to risk one’s life.
  • Another author commented that if Arjuna was the Maharathi of the Mahabharata war, Prithipal was the Maharathi of the International Hockey game.
  • The first-ever Arjuna Award to a hockey player was conferred upon him in 1961, which was later followed by the Padma Shri in 1967.
  • He won Olympic medals in Rome (1960 silver), Tokyo (1964 gold) and Mexico (1968 bronze).
  • He retired from active hockey after 1968 after the Mexico Olympics.
  • For some time he was made chairman of the IHF selection committee.
  • In 1974, he was as an observer with the Indian Hockey team to Malaysia to participate in the Malaysian World cup Tournament.
  • The Indian team won the World Cup for India. Singh also was a member of the National Institute of Sports Patiala and also a member of the governing body of Lakshami Bai College of Physical Education Gwalior.
  • He was appointed the Director of Sports, Punjab Agricultural University Ludhiana as well as the Director of Student Welfare since 1968.
  • He had actively participated in all activities relating to Student Welfare until his death in 1983.
  • He was also the Director of Sports, PAU.

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