Olympics hockey gold medalist Hardayal Singh passes away at 90

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Aug 18, 2018, 01:12 PM(IST)

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Former Indian hockey player Hardayal Singh passed away at the age of 90 on August 17. He was part of the Indian hockey team that won the gold medal in 1956 Summer Olympics at Melbourne.

After retiring, Hardayal Singh coached the national team from 1983 to 1987. He also coached the junior national team.

Before arriving in the Indian hockey team, Singh joined the Sikh Regiment in 1949 and was part of the 1st Battalion. During his regiment days, Hardayal Singh continued playing hockey and was even part of the Sikh regiment's hockey team. 

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Singh, however, took premature retirement in 1969 to take care of his ailing wife who was suffering from a brain tumour and passed away the same year.

Hardayal Singh was awarded 'Dhyan Chand Award' for his contribution to hockey in 2004 for lifetime achievement sports.

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