Balbir Singh Senior

Tuesday, May 26th, 2020
Balbir Singh Senior

Balbir Singh Senior, Patrick Rowley (then Chairman HWC), Bill Colwill and Dil Bahra (then Secretary HWC) at a presentation to Balbir at Southgate Hockey Club in April 2005

Balbir Singh Senior, the triple Olympic Gold Medalist, died in Chandigargh, Punjab, India yesterday. He was aged 95.

Balbir was was made an Honorary Life Member of the Hockey Writers' Club in 2005.

Balbir rose to fame at the 1948 Olympic Games in London where he spearheaded India's attack in the final against Great Britain which his side won 4-0 to win his first Gold. He went on to win further Gold Medals for India in 1952 (Helsinki) and 1956 (Melbourne). Although his active playing participation ended after the Melbourne Games, he continued to remain closely associated with the game. He coached the Indian side that won the World Cup in Kuala Lumpur in 1975.

After retirement from playing and coaching hockey, he remained extremely interested and well versed in the game in which in the past he thrilled so many.