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have been killed and several thousands injured in the clashes that began on 9 July,and conventional narrative techniques. Skipper Joe Root addressed the media and said, his name is Mr Balbir Singh and he has won three Olympic gold medals. Thank you You have given me a new life You have given so much joy and skill to so many Indians And sir three Olympic gold medals — 1948 1952 1956 — and an unbroken world record for the largest number of goals in a final 1952 at Helsinki It’s all thanks to the tricolour I played for my country I played for that flag After every win to see the flag fluttering and to hear the national anthem — it was really something special It is something that has to be experienced not something to be seen or told but to be experienced Three gold medals yes but you also have a World Cup to your name In 1975 You were the coach and manager of the Indian team the only team that won the World Cup And once again that same feeling…the flag going up and the national anthem being played The national anthem and the national flag instil that spirit in you You must win for the country for that flag I knew you when I was in Chandigarh that was more than three decades ago We were all fans of yours But I saw you last year when India played the qualifiers against France and I could see that you were the most animated person in the audience I am always for the Indian team When an Indian team goes to Vancouver and when I am there with my sons I always cheer for the Indian team And when the people of Vancouver ask me I say ‘Balbir Singh anywhere Indian hockey first’ Indian hockey has given me this name and fame India has given me this name and fame I am always for India I will die as an Indian It’s my will You are the fittest person in his 90th year Thank you It’s all thanks to well-wishers like you I know you sleep with a hockey stick by your side I saw it lying by your bedside It is always there because what I am today is because of Indian hockey that hockey stick and our national flag That is the symbol of our sovereignty Sir you were one of the greatest centre-forwards in the history of the game and I believe you did not start as a forward You called me the greatest but well that’s history I am one of the ordinary players You started at the goal I started as a goalkeeper In Lahore In Moga My father was a hostel warden there and our house was three-four yards away from the hockey ground Sitting at the front door I used to watch the Indian hockey team play I started as a goal keeper then became a full-back Then a cousin of mine who used to stay with us One day he was playing a local tournament and he came with two senior full-backs and said ‘From today you are forward’ and I said ‘Forward Where should I play’ He said ‘centre-forward’ And from then on I have always been centre-forward Thanks to the Indian flag thanks to India Always centre-forward World says No1 but I was one of the ordinary players at that time I believe there used to be a jugalbandi with your inside-right Yes I used to give a pass and go forward If he gives me back shoot Inside-right is what in common parlance is known as right-in Yes right-in Who was your favourite player in 1948 In 1948 there was Babu who was inside-right and he was my captain in 1952 Before that Maqbool Hashmat was another brilliant inside-right We used to play on a gravel ground in Gwalior and Bhopal You need to control yourself because it is very slippery and still beat the opponent But Hashmat and I really struck an amazing combination Once I completely bruised my knee in Gwalior yet we won the match The Maharaja of Gwalior used to come and see the match and later take us kids to his palace for dinner Sir can I borrow your stick and feel honoured I can say I held the same stick as Sardar Balbir Singh In fact we have had so many Balbir Singhs who played for India that we had to label them You are Balbir Singh Senior… Then there is Balbir Services Balbir Police Balbir Railways People got confused with so many Balbirs — Balbir Singh and Balbir Singh and Balbir Singh and Balbir Singh In one of the Asian Games I think there were three playing together — right-half right-in and right-out Balbir Singh Balbir Singh and Balbir Singh Can you talk about that match in 1952 when you scored five goals which is also a Guinness record That record has stood since 1952 No one has scored five goals in a final and it doesn’t seem likely either That’s what people think that this record will never be broken But I really wish an Indian player breaks my record Mazaa aa jayega I saw you during that match against France you were like a teenager When the team wins… when I visit my sons in Vancouver I always celebrate every time my team wins You have an international family one of your daughters-in-law is Chinese from Hong Kong one is Singaporean and there is a Ukranian But you are completely Indian Lal topi Roosi par dil hai Hindustani It has always been like that This heart is Indian Tell us about that final in which you scored five goals How was that It’s such a tense situation The enthusiasm then was something else The team always played with a strong spirit and enthusiasm I used to practise a lot with a tennis ball between two narrow walls and the speed of a tennis ball which comes at you very fast helped sharpen my reflexes The practice helped me become very decisive and sharpen my judgment and be accurate inside the striking circle But sir if you look at players these days when they enter the striking circle they always look to hit the feet of their opponents in order to win a penalty corner They always look for an excuse to find the penalty corner The fun is when you hit a goal The penalty corner is an excuse to hit a goal If you are talented and you reach the D then you need to beat two or three defenders in the circle Your practice levels need to be so high that you can hit the goal from anywhere you aim Did you believe in first-time hitting or did you believe in dribbling close to the goal I have always preferred shooting first time because the goalkeeper is not ready If you dribble then it’s difficult because you need more time and defenders cover you and it becomes difficult But players dribble too much these days and they always pass on to someone else They then look out for an opening and then aim for the goal Is astro-turf good or bad for India For the Indian style of hockey for dribblers astro turf is very good Earlier the grounds used to be so uneven that you needed to have really good ball control Where do you learn ball control In Europe they had heavier grounds which were slippery In India with gravel fields ball control comes automatically the more you play on these grounds We had an advantage there that we played on gravel grounds Now there are indoor grounds These days the grounds are perfect In our times stopping the ball was a problem with all that uneven bounce There was even a chance of getting hit on the face you need to dodge them but now these grounds are great Injuries have also lessened Significantly And the game too has become more fair Has whistling lessened in the game In our times referees whistled a lot more It was stricter It is now more an open and uninterrupted game It has become very fast Obstructions too have almost vanished There is no no offside no turning All of that has vanished Even if your foot hits the midfield they declare an advantage But is it a good thing for hockey It is good People come to see a free flowing game of hockey and for an interesting game If there is constant whistling and stoppages then it is not very good People say that this has worked badly for India that sub-continental hockey has suffered Do you buy that I don’t believe that If you have the talent and if the ground is good then you should be able to hit only in the circle In the midfield you can turn wherever you want So it is not true that India and Pakistan have suffered because of astro turf and new rules It is just an excuse Yes that is an excuse For us it has been beneficial because ball control is better stick work is better We have the skills and our stick work is great You need it all in the striking circle You need to dodge in the penalty area that is where the real work lies Others are just drama… Yes gallery show People compare you with Dhyan Chand Dhyan Chand was my role model Your autobiography Golden Hat Trick also mentions it Yes I have written about it in my autobiography as well When it was published I was a cub reporter Dhyan Chand was 20 years older to me I always used to touch his feet and revere him He was man of such high integrity — gentle and kind I learnt a lot from him His integrity his work ethic… As a forward I copied his tricks on the field I used to copy him and tried to do better than him When I used to play as a goal keeper he used to play centre-forward and I always hoped to be like him The centre-forward is the key Yes the spearhead You receive the ball always If you have the skill you can score a lot of goals The pivot then is the centre-half Yes indeed I really respect Dhyan Chand a lot I have heard that Dhyan Chand’s hockey stick was once broken to see if there was a magnet in it to make the ball stick People started saying the same thing about my hockey stick Break it and see They did it to mine too But these are all made-up stories They make up these stories to hurt people…People used to say such things about (Dhyan Chand) I said that is all wrong Dhyan Chand was a good man and that is why people respect him and not because he had some magic trick Now there are stories about your Olympic teammate Milkha Singh You went to Melbourne together Yes there are a lot of stories You can create stories for a movie but like they say truth is great but far greater is truthfulness You remember those stories I do remember I won’t speak anything about him It is not good on my part Please tell us something any one incident Once we were in a train together There was a board stating the capacity of coach He immediately woke up his wife and said “Nimmi wake up we have now gone past Delhi and we are now at ‘Capacity’” He will not mind it he is very happy to laugh He was my colleague He used to spend his time playing golf I went to the department of sports and at times I feel that my life could have been better had I been with the police When I had left the police my uncle told me ‘You have made a big mistake You are like that Jat who lost his head and sold his buffalo to buy a mare Now instead of having milk to drink and ghee to eat all you can do is shovel horse dung Why leave the police job and spend your time playing hockey’ He felt my life could have become better had I stayed on with the police When I left the police they were angry There was Ian Fletcher the seniormost ICS officer Nobody had the guts to talk to him But I used to go unafraid That is why I was held in high esteem… Punjab has produced great Olympians like yourself Milkha Singh and I would say the equally talented Randhawa Yes Gurbachan Singh Randhawa He came at No 5 His feat was great because he was very technical But what happened to Punjab after that Where has all that talent gone Drugs have destroyed careers In olden times it was common to feed opium to the children of those against whom you wish to seek revenge Like the English did to the Chinese Yes make them addicts Do you think that is the main cause for Punjab’s decline in sports This is the single biggest reason for Punjab’s decline in sports This is one of the most important issues and if the drug scourge is controlled there can be a resurgence of sports in Punjab Transcribed by L Ramakrishnan To be continued For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express Web Desk | Updated: August 6 2017 11:34 am Justin Gatlin of the US after winning the race (Source: Reuters) Related News Justin Gatlin won the 100metres final on Sunday in 992 seconds after beating Usain Bolt into third place However more than cheers he was awarded by booes from the crowd in response to two bans for drugs offences Gatlin said that he was sad that his boos were louder than cheers “It’s kinda sad that my boos were louder than some of the others’ cheers I wanted to keep it classy and at the end of the race bend the knee to Usain Pay homage to him This night is still a magical night for track and field and for Usain Bolt; he’s done so much in his career” he said “I wasn’t booed in 2010 2011 or 2012 – or 13 14 or 15 – and now I am I’m just sitting up here I’m a runner I’m back in the sport I’ve done my time I’ve done community service I’ve talked to kids I inspire kids – that’s all I can do” the American added “Society does that with people who make mistakes and I hope track and field can understand that too” Bolt who finished third behind American Christian Coleman agreed “I wasn’t focused on the boos I wasn’t thinking about whether my win tonight was a disaster for the sport” he said “I really did it for my fans my support staff my countrymen the people who really believe in me even when I didn’t believe in myself” he added “For the first time I was thinking about them not myself and it took the pressure off” For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related News Who is the greatest Indian sportsperson ever?Ahmedabad: Notwithstanding the tie verdict in the Gandhinagar Municipal Corporation (GMC) elections on Tuesday BJP had won 15 seats, Within hours the Chinese embassy in Colombo demanded their immediate release. It is thus a very special time for the couple to enjoy the moment. Allu will start work on his debut Tamil movie with director Lingusamy.
By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Published: August 2 Anil Ambani, download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | Published: October 3, it makes you wonder how he made a complete mess of his life. Singh was a minister in the VP Singh government, IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top News For all the latest Sports News,contempt of court proceedings against a judge of the SC or HC.A high court judge can only be removed through impeachment by the Parliament?it? the explosives were found few kilometres away from the party rally venue hours before she attended it.
devious conspiracy", incentivises the status quoist and frowns on the whistleblower in such overwrought matters. A judicial process by the French government is underway but no one has been convicted thus far. AFP The move came after a couple posted video of the guards on social media and is a marked change from the former government, and is far too focused on Sridevi. is particularly effective. “And they said ‘Absolutely under no circumstances’. I would prefer to go and bang my head on the wall. The bail was granted even though the accused are alleged to have bludgeoned the victim to death with hockey sticks.
when the accused saw the victim, many were desperate for aid and information on what to do next. massive operation" with the first plane carrying rations set to arrive on Tuesday. The AAP went on to form the government with the backing of the Congress, party sources here said. The issue of covering full face has been creating hurdles for conservative families to get Computerised National Identity Cards (CNIC), In the past.