Balbir Singh (senior) will be honored with a new hockey stadium, named after him in Mohali

Balbir Singh (senior), a three-time Olympic gold medalist in hockey, died on May 25, last year.

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In a tribute ceremony on Tuesday, the Mohali International Hockey Stadium will be titled after Padma Shri Balbir Singh (senior). Balbir Singh (senior), a three-time Olympic gold medalist in hockey, died on May 25 of last year.

As per the official spokesman of the Punjab sports department, Sports Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi gave the approval for naming the Mohali International Hockey Stadium after Balbir Singh, who died on May 25 last year after a long battle with health issues.

He was laid to rest here with formal state honours last year. The government has declared that the formal ceremony will take place on Tuesday, one year later. “Mohali International Hockey Stadium will be dedicated to Padma Shri Balbir Singh (senior) in a formal tribute ceremony at the Hockey Stadium on May 25 on the death anniversary of a legendary sportsperson,” the Twitter handle of the Government of Punjab said.

One of the country’s finest champions, Balbir Singh was the only Indian among 16 legends selected by the International Olympic Committee. He also set a world record for most goals scored by a player in an Olympic men’s hockey finale.

Sushbir, the legendary center-forward’s daughter and Kanwalbir, Karanbir, and Gurbir, his three sons, continue his legacy. His sons live in Canada, and he lives with his daughter Sushbir and grandson Kabir here. Last year, Sushbir, along with close relatives, attended the funeral.

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