Khalsa Sports Club team who were crowned Hong Kong Hockey Association Premier Division Champions for 2012 / 13

Hong Kong


Sikhs in Hockey in Hong Kong


Sikhs have been playing hockey in Hong Kong since the late 1920s.

The first big occasion when Sikhs came to the limelight was when the Kowloon Indian Tennis Club's hockey team were invited to a charity match by the Macau Hockey Club in 1950.

Visits by Indian and Pakistan hockey teams on their way home from the Asian Games in Tokyo in 1958 raised the country's interest in the game. India led by Balbir Singh had nine Sikh players in their squad of sixteen. Four years later, Hong Kong participated in her first ever international tournament when they competed at the Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia in 1962. Two Sikhs, Harnam Singh Grewal and Udham Singh Dillon were in that Hong Kong Asian Games team.

By the time of Tokyo Olympics in 1964, Hong Kong had three Sikhs, Harnam Singh Grewal, Kuldip Singh Gosal and Sarinder Singh Dillon in the Olympic team.  All three were members of the Nav Bharat Club which dominated hockey in the country in the 1970s.

Guru Nanak Cup, a one day tournament, has been played in Hong Kong since 1969. This annual event is entirely sponsored by the Khalsa Diwan - trophies, medals, langer, tea, snacks. It is usually held in November/early December and some twenty odd teams take part in this popular knockout tournament.

Khalsa Sports Club were crowned Hong Kong Hockey Association Premier Division Champions for 2012-13. This is their  second  premier division title, the last one in 2010-11. Several of Khalsa players are in the national team, both in the senior and junior squads.

Three Sikhs have held the post of President of the Hong Kong Hockey Association.  Sarinder Singh Dillon is the current President. The two past Presidents are Harnam Grewal and Udham Singh Dillon.

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KITC team being introduced in 1950

Jagjeet Dillion (L) & Udham Dillion (R) in 1950

KITC Hockey team 1950