Balbir Services


Balbir Singh 'Services'

 Date and place of Birth 05.04.1945 in Sansarpur, Jalandhar
 School Cant. Board School, Jalandhar
 Club Services
 Playing position Half back
 First international 02.05.1966 v East Germany in Leipzig, East Germany
 Olympic Games Mexico 1968


Olympic Games






 Mexico 1968 13.10.1968 Group A India  1 - New Zealand 2


 Mexico 1968 14.10.1968 Group A India  2 - West Germany 1


 Mexico 1968 15.10.1968 Group A India  8 - Mexico 0


 Mexico 1968 17.10.1968 Group A India  1 - Spain 0


 Mexico 1968 18.10.1968 Group A India  2 - Belgium 1


 Mexico 1968 20.10.1968 Group A India  5 - Japan 0


 Mexico 1968 21.10.1968 Group A India  1 - East Germany 0


 Mexico 1968 24.10.1968 Semi-Final India  1 - Australia 2


 Mexico 1968 26.10.1968 Class 3 - 4 India  2 - West Germany 1



Balbir Singh (Services) was born on 5th April 1945 in Sansarpur, Jalandhar Dist. Punjab.

He attended Cantonment Board School, Jalandhar.

He toured Afghanistan with Indian Universities Hockey Team in 1962. Two years later, he played for the Punjab State in the 1964 National Hockey Championship in Delhi.

As a young military cadet, Balbir was in the team that toured Europe and he earned his first international cap when he played against East Germany on 2nd May 1966 in Leipzig, East Germany.

He was a member of Indian team that toured Japan in 1966, Europe and Kenya in 1967, Uganda and Europe in 1968.

Balbir played for India in the 1966 Bangkok Asian Games where India won the Gold Medal.

Balbir joined the Army in 1965 and represented the services in the National Hockey Championship from 1965 to 1974.

He  represented India at the Mexico 1968 Olympic Games where India won the Bronze Medal.

He led the services team that won the Bombay Gold Cup in 1971.

Problems with the knee affected his playing career but not his love for the game. He took to coaching and coached the ASC hockey team from 1970 to 1980 and Central Zone team in 1981.

Balbir was the Women's National Coach from 1995 to 1998.  He was the National Selector and Government nominee on the selection panel of the Indian Hockey Federation (senior) from March 1987 to July 1987. He was also the manager of the Indian hockey team which participated in the Indo-Pan American Hockey Championship held in Chandigarh in 1995.

Balbir rose to the rank of Colonel in the Indian Army.

As a tribute to the glorious success of the Indian Hockey Team in the 5th Asian Games at Bangkok, the Indian Posts and Telegraphs Department released a special commemorative stamp on 31st December 1966. Balbir Singh ‘Services' is one of four players in the picture on the stamp.

After his retirement in his native village, Sansarpur (which is known as the nursery of Indian Hockey) Balbir's love for hockey remains undiminished. He is the President of Sansarpur Hockey Association and is involved in a plan to train and nurture hockey talent where approximately 150 young boys are being trained every day.

Balbir was awarded the Indian National Award ‘Arjuna Puraskar' in 1968.

He was awarded  Vishist Seva Medal.

He received Chief of Army Staff Commendation Card In 1999 he received a Lifetime Achievement award.