Balbir Singh Sr and Milkha Singh competed together at the highest level for the country in their respective games and even worked together for Punjab Sports department in the 1960's.
Tulsidas Balaram was part of the national football team that finished a historic fourth in the 1956 Olympics and remembered how Balbir Singh took pain-killing injections before the summit clash.
He didn't always need a hockey stick to pull it off for India, that was the kind of magic Balbir Singh Sr could weave, which steered a "demoralised" national team to its first and only World Cup gold back in 1975.
The sporting world woke up to the sad news and moaned the loss of the iconic hockey player.
Balbir Singh Sr's record for most goals scored by an individual in the men's hockey final at the Olympics still remains unbeaten.
The cook died of a cardiac arrest and later tested positive for Covid-19, according to a top official, who said there was no reason to panic as the deceased had no access to the players' accommodation zone.
Eight-time Olympic gold medallists India have been world champions just once and Aslam Sher Khan recalls how he prevented the dream dying a premature death.
The 1975 World Cup-winning Ashok Diwan had made a distress call to the IOA President Narinder Batra last month, requesting him to take his plea to the higher authorities.
The minister gave a patient hearing to the homesick hockey players and took note of feedback during the online meeting which was attended by 34 men and 24 women hockey players.
Guidelines state players must review their status on the app and only those who are in 'safe' or 'low-risk' category will be allowed to take part in tournaments.
Balbir Singh Senior was part of the Indian contingent that won the Olympics gold medal in 1948, 1952, and 1956.
Hockey legend Balbir Singh Sr, a triple Olympic gold medallist, has been admitted to a Chandigarh hospital in critical condition.
Indian sports administrator Narinder Batra's term as FIH President was on Friday extended till world body's next Congress, which was postponed to May next year due to the uncertainty surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic.
Sjoerd Marjine, women’s hockey in-charge, decides against flying to Amsterdam because squad is in lockdown
Gurinder said since his arrival Reid has been working closely with every player, besides emphasising on team tactics.
Each day a player gave a new challenge and tagged 10 people on their social media handles to take up the challenge and donate Rs 100 to the fundraiser.
With three Olympic gold and four World Cup crowns, Pakistan hockey has a rich history. But of late, the sport is struggling to survive in the country because of lack of sponsors owing to the national team's poor show at the international stage.
In the year gone by, the Indian women have won the FIH Women's Series Finals, Olympic Test Event, and the FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers, along with victories in several tours.
The Tokyo Games was pushed back by a year due to the fast-spreading COVID-19 pandemic but Namita said it hasn't changed their goal of winning an Olympic medal.
India's invincibility tag was wearing off with an Asiad final loss to Pakistan in 1962 where opposition wingers raided in blitzy attacks on both flanks. Then came India's Avengers of 1964 who reclaimed the gold the last time Olympics happened at Tokyo.
The coaches development sessions will be classified into two sessions — 'basic' and 'intermediate' — and the latter will have the participation of national team coaches Graham Reid and Sjoerd Marijne.
National hockey championships were rescheduled to start on April 29 and continue till July 3 but have been suspended for now.
With hockey's superpowers struggling financially, leagues and tournaments suspended, the sport is treading tough times.
India were scheduled to host New Zealand for the two-leg tie on May 23 and 24 in Bhubaneswar.
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