CHANDIGARH, MAY 25: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday expressed profound grief over the sad demise of hockey legend Padma Shri Balbir Singh Senior (97), who breathed his last at a private hospital in Mohali this morning. The world-famed hockey star is survived by three sons and a daughter.

In a condolence message, the Chief Minister recalled the immense contribution of Balbir Singh Senior towards promotion of sports especially the hockey. Three-time Olympics Gold Medalist and coach of World Cup winning Indian team in 1975 Balbir Singh would ever remain a source of inspiration for budding hockey players across the globe, who was honoured with several coveted awards for his peerless performance in Olympics and other international sports events, said Captain Amarinder adding that a void has been created with the death this hockey icon, which is difficult to be filled.

Sharing heartfelt sympathies with the bereaved family, relatives and friends besides millions of his admirers, the Chief Minister prayed to the Almighty to give courage to bear this irreparable loss in this hour of grief and eternal peace to the departed soul.

Pertinently, Balbir Singh Senior was a Triple Olympics Gold Medalist in London 1948, Helsinki 1952 and Melbourne 1956. He was the Captain of Indian Hockey Team in 1956 Olympic Games, which won Gold Medal.

Balbir Senior’s scored five goals in Final of 1952 Olympics Games, which is still unbeaten. He was also the Coach/Manager of Indian Hockey Team, which won World Cup in 1975. He was honoured with Padma Shri in 1957. Former Punjab Director of Sports Balbir Singh Senior was also honoured with Maharaja Ranjit Singh Award by Punjab Govt in 2019. He was also bestowed upon Olympic Iconic Award during London 2012 Olympics Games by IOC, and was the only Asian Male Player of any game who selected for such rare Honour.


Achievements of Balbir Singh Senior will always remain source of guiding light for us: Rana Sodhi

· Expressed deep condolence on demise of Balbir Singh Senior

. Demands Bharat Ratan for him

Chandigarh, May 25-Punjab Sports Minister Rana Gurmeet Singh Sodhi expressed their deepest condolences on the demise of Balbir Singh Senior, who breathed his last on Monday morning in Mohali. The triple Olympic champion and World Cup-winning team manager had been battling for life since 8th May 2020.

Remembering his achievements as guiding light for youngsters, Rana Sodhi said that Balbir Singh Senior, winner of gold medals in 1948, 1952 and 1956 Summer Games, was the most decorated Olympian in Indian sports history. He went onto coach the national team which won the bronze medal at the 1971 World Cup. He then helped India become world champions, managing the team at the 1975 World Cup. He had scored five goals in India's 6-1 victory over Netherlands in the gold medal match of the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. Under his captaincy, India scored 38 goals and conceded none on its way to the gold medal in 1956 Melbourne Olympics.

"Today, we have not only lost our greatest iconic player but we have also lost 'our guiding light'. He remained the greatest fan of the sport and was always there when we needed his advice. Hockey has lost its shining star and everyone belonging to sports arena is pained by this shocking news," expressed Sports Minister.

He further added, "Balbir Singh Senior's exemplary achievements and his enthusiasm for the sport will remain an example for generations to come. On behalf of the Punjab Sports Department, I express my deepest condolences to his family."

Demanding Bharat Ratan for Balbir Singh Senior, Rana Sodhi informed that he was awarded the Padma Shri in 1957 and was conferred with the Major Dhyan Chand Life Time Achievement Award in 2014. One of the country's all time greatest athletes, Balbir Singh Senior was the only Indian among 16 legends chosen by the International Olympic Committee across modern Olympic history. His world record for most goals scored by an individual in the men's hockey final of the Olympics still remains unbeaten.




Jalandhar, May 25-In a unique initiative aimed at mitigating the woes of women facing the domestic violence during lockdown, the Jalandhar Police Commissionerate has started the facility of online counseling helpline for such women through teleconferencing.

Divulging the details, the Commissioner of Police Mr. Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said that due to lockdown the complaints regarding domestic violence amongst women were pouring in. He said that to redress such complaints and ensure the safety and security of the women the Commissionerate Police has constituted a special panel under Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police Ms D Sudharvizhi. Mr. Bhullar said that a Sub Inspector rank officer Ms. Monica Arora would be heading the panel with two Assistant Sub Inspectors Ms. Asha Kiran and Ms. Suman Bala.

The Commissioner of Police said that apart from three Police officers equal number of psychiatrists Dr. Jasbir Kaur, Dr. Sarabjit Singh and Ms. Rajbeer Kaur would be holding the counseling of the complainant. He said that as due to lockdown it was not possible for the complainant to move easily and pursue the case, so this decision has been taken by the Commissionerate Police. Mr. Bhullar said that if any women complaints about her problem to the Commissionerate then this panel would contact her on the phone.

The Commissioner of Police said that through conference call the panel would undertake counseling of the aggrieved woman and find the solution of her problem. He said that if the woman was not satisfied through the counseling and the was seeking legal remedy for herself than the law would take its own course. Mr. Bhullar said that the basic idea was to facilitating the distressed women for securing justice in the cases pertaining to domestic violence.