Sardar Singh, the former Indian hockey captain, was today recommended for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award. If his name is approved by the Sports Ministry, Sardar will become the second hockey player to be awarded the highest sporting honour in the country after Dhanraj Pillay who had received the award in the year, 1999-2000. The 31-year-old Sardar Singh hails from Rania town of Sirsa district in Haryana. He was the youngest hockey captain of the Indian team and led the side in 2008 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. In the year 2015, Sardar was awarded the Padma Shri award, fourth highest civilian honour in India. Other than his outstanding career Sardar was also surrounded by controversy. A police complaint was lodged by a UK-based Indian-origin woman who allegedly his girlfriend and claimed to be former Indian hockey team captain’s fiancee. The woman, in her complaint to the Ludhiana police, has accused Sardar of physical and mental abuse. Here are the top things you should know about Sardar Singh:
1. 31-year-old Sardar Singh hails from Rania town of Sirsa district in Haryana. Sardar Singh was the youngest captain of the Indian hockey team. He led the side in 2008 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup.
2. In 2010 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, he became the Player of the Tournament where India won gold.
3. Sardar also holds the position of a deputy superintendent of police (DSP) in the Haryana Police, which was given to him as a reward for his achievements.
4. In the year 2010, he was signed by the Belgian club, KHC Leuven, to play in the Belgian Hockey League. After giving an outstanding performance at the 2013 Asia Cup, Sardar was signed by the Dutch club as well as HC Bloemendaal.
5. Today, Sardar Singh’s name was recommended for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, highest sports award in India. He is the second hockey player to be recommended for the award.