The Mohali International Hockey Stadium was officially renamed after the legendary Balbir Singh Sr on the occasion of his first death anniversary.
- The renaming was officially announced at a tribute ceremony held in Mohali to remember the three-time Olympic gold medalist, who died at the age of 96 on May 25 last year.
- The stadium will now be known as Olympian Balbir Singh Senior International Hockey Stadium.
- The government also announced to start a scholarship scheme in the legend’s name for meritorious hockey players of the state.
About Balbir Singh Sr:
- He is one of India’s most accomplished athletes.
- The iconic center-forward was the only Indian among 16 legends chosen by the International Olympic Committee across modern Olympic history during the 2012 London Games.
- He was a triple Olympic Gold Medalist and Manager & Chief Coach of the 1975 World Cup-winning team
- His world record for most goals scored by an individual in the men’s hockey final of the Olympics still remains unbeaten.
- He had scored five goals in India’s 6-1 victory over the Netherlands in the gold medal match of the 1952 Helsinki Games.
- He was conferred with the Padma Shri in 1957.
- Balbir Singh Sr’s three Olympic gold medals came in London (1948), Helsinki (1952) as vice-captain, and Melbourne (1956) as captain.
- He was also the manager of India’s only World Cup-winning side in 1975.
- He also served as the Director of, Sports Department, Punjab.
- The Punjab government had honored the legend with Maharaja Ranjit Singh Award in 2019.