Hockey Legends at London Olympics

by Dil Bahra
10 August 2012

Sikh Hockey Legends, Balbir Singh Sr, Avtar Singh and Pargat Singh are pictured above with Leandro Negre, President of International Hockey Federation at the FIH Luncheon held at Grange Hotel, St Pauls during the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Balbir Singh Sr., the treple Gold medalist, played at London 1948, Helsinki 1952 and Melbourne Olympic Games. He was India's Captain in 1956.

Avtar Singh played at Rome 1960, Tokyo 1964, Mexico1968 and Munich 1972 Olympic Games. He was Kenya's Captain in Tokyo, Mexico and Munich.

Pargat Singh played at Seoul 1988, Barcelona 1992 and Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games. He was India's Captain in Barcelona and Atlanta.

Leandro Negre played for Spain at the Mexico 1968 Olympic Games.


Hockey at the Royal Opera House

By Dil Bahra

2nd July 2012

The Royal Opera House and BP have joined forces with The Olympic Museum in Lausanne to create a unique exhibition telling the Olympic story through the endeavours of ancient and modern Olympians.

Hockey is represented in the Olympic story by the experiences of Balbir Singh "senior", the triple Olympic gold medallist, who is one of 16 iconic Olympians featured in this free exhibition.

Balbir rose to fame at the London 1948 Olympic Games where he spearheaded India's attack in the final at the old Wembley Stadium against Great Britain.

India won 4 - 0 and Balbir went on to win further gold medals for India at Helsinki 1952 and Melbourne 1956 where he was captain.

Balbir's five goals in India's 6 - 1 win over Holland in the Helsinki Final is still an Olympic record which is featured in the Guinness Book of Records.

The National Hockey Museum were delighted to co-ordinate Balbir's visit to the Royal Opera House last week and other events during his short stay in London.

The exhibition will run from Saturday 28 July to Sunday 12 August 2012, 10am to 7pm each day.