11 Facts About Balkrishan Singh


Balkrishan Singh was a field hockey player from India who won the gold medal at the 1956 Summer Olympics.

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Balkrishan Singh is perhaps the only player in the country to have won the gold medal both as a player and as a coach.

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Balkrishan Singh was a member of the gold medal-winning team in the 1956 Olympics and was chief coach of the team that won the gold in the 1980 Moscow Olympics.

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Balkrishan Singh was the first coach to experiment with the concept of total hockey in India.

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Balkrishan Singh first put this concept into use during the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

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Balkrishan Singh lived up to his father's words – excelled in athletics and hockey.

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Balkrishan Singh made his international debut in the Hockey Festival at Warsaw, Poland in 1955.

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In 1967, Balkrishan Singh spent about five months in Australia, imparting hockey knowledge.

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Balkrishan Singh, 35, coached the 1968 Mexico Olympic team for a bronze medal.

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Balkrishan Singh was recalled for the next Olympics only after India fared poorly in the Bombay World Cup and in the Delhi Asian Games in between.

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Balkrishan Singh metamorphosed the unique Indian traits in the concept of total hockey which earned him many laurels in the 80s.

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