Hardial Singh with fellow Officials on parade

Hardial Singh


Hardial Singh Kular

 Date and place of Birth 07.09.1929 in Nakuru, Kenya
 School Allidina Visram High School, Mombasa
 Club Sikh Union, Nairobi
 Playing position Right half


Olympic Games

Hardial Singh Kular was Kenya's Team Coach at the 1964 Tokyo and 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games.

He was a Judge at the 1972 Munich and 1976 Montreal Olympic Games.

He was a Technical delegate and appeals Judge at  Los Angeles 1984, Seoul 1988 and Barcelona 1992 Olympics Games


Hardial Singh Kular, nicknamed 'Hardy' was born on 7th September 1929 in Nakuru, Kenya. His parents came from Sansarpur, near Jalandhar, Punjab, India. He was educated at Allidina Visram High School, Mombasa, Kenya.

At the age of 19, he was selected to the National Hockey team, ironically enough before he even made into his Club's first team.  He played for Sikh Union Nairobi as a right half. He played for Kenya between from 1948 to 1949.

He was awarded his FIH Umpiring badge in 1964.

After Coaching the Kenya National team for the Tokyo 1964 and Mexico 1968 Olympic Games, he became a hockey administrator and devoted the second half of his life to the sport and the Olympic movement.

He was the secretary of the KHU from 1961-1969. He became a committed member of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) in 1966 and worked on the Technical and Competitions committees.  

He was also a member of the Hockey Rules Board from 1972 until 1998 - a period of 26 years. He was a member of the FIH Council from 1966 to 1998

He was awarded the FIH'S Order of Merit, which is given for distinguished service' over a period of at least 10 years.

He was Chairman of Kenya Hockey Union from 1982 to 1998 and President of African Hockey Federation from 1987 until 1998.

He was one of the most travelled sports administrators in Kenya. He was a technical delegate and an appeals judge at the Munich 1972, Montreal 1976, Los Angeles 1984, Seoul 1988 and Barcelona 1992 Olympics Games. He was appointed in these posts at Amsterdam 1973, Kuala Lumpur 1975, Buenos Aires 1978, Bombay 1982, London 1986 and Lahore 1990 Wold Cups. Besides this he officiated at various continental tournaments.

He was General Secretary of National Olympic Committee of Kenya from 1969 to 1973 and it executive committee member from 1973 to 1998. He also served as chairman of Kenya Cricket Association, was member Kenya Football Federation caretaker Committee in 1985 and Chairman of Sikh Union Nairobi Club where he was Honorary Patron and trustee at the time of his death.

He was awarded the Kenya Presidential Order of Grand Warrior of Kenya (OGW) in 1995. As President of African Hockey Federation, he was also a member of the FIH President's Forum from 1987 to 1998.

He was awarded the Olympic Order in May 1998 by International Olympic Committee President, H.E. Juan Antonio Samaranch. The honour came for him promoting hockey on the African continent.

He was elected a Vice President of the FIH n 1992, a position he was still holding at the time of his death.

He died on 23 October 1998 in Kenya at the age of 69.