Sports Personalities
 

Harbhajan Singh Plaha

Harbhajan Singh PlahaHarbhajan Singh Plaha was born on 3 July 1980 in Jalandhar. He bowls right arm off break and bats right handed. Harbhajan made his debut in test cricket at Bangalore in 3rd test against Australia n 1997/98. Harbhajan's elevation to the Indian cap in 1998 was a major surprise to the world because the 18-year-old was relatively unknown outside Punjab. An attacking spinner in the classical mould, he has established himself firmly in the team and after famous test series victory against Australia he earned the reputation of "The Turbanator". The one quality that Harbhajan Singh is well known for is that he is a fighter to the core. For a purveyor of slow off spinners, his attitude is aggressive. He has started his One Day International career against New Zealand at Sharjah Coca Cola Cup in 1997/98.

Hockey Players

There is a renaissance of hockey in Punjab, thanks in part to the private and government-backed hockey academies, listed in the table below:

City Academy
Jalandhar Surjeet Hockey Academy
Punjab & Sindh Bank Academy
Ramesh Hockey Academy
Punjab Sports School
Sansarpur Thapar Hockey Academy
Patiala SAI Centre of Excellence
Kapurthala Sainik School

Sansarpur was hub of Hockey players in 60ís and 70ís. It has produced 12 great Olympians of Indian Hockey. Academies like the PSB Hockey Academy play a dual role - they provide jobs to the exceptionally talented players in their bank, and also serve as a recruiting ground for governmental organizations like Border Security Force and Punjab Police that are looking for players

Olympian Ajitpal Singh

Olympian Ajitpal SinghAjit Pal Singh was born on April 1, 1947 at Sansarpur, Punjab. After schooling he joined Lyallpur Khalsa College, Jalandhar and first played in Pre- Olympic Hockey Tournament in 1967 at London. Ajit Pal Singh showed such dexterity and skill at his position that he was included in the world Hockey teams of 1971,72 and 73. He next represented India in 1974 in Asian games at Teheran. Consequently he was included in the Asian All- Star Hockey XI the same year. Ajit Pal Singh was rightly acclaimed as one of the best center forward in the world during his time. He led India to a sensational victory in the third world cup hockey tournament at Kuala Lumpur in 1975. After humiliating defeat in 1976 Montreal Olympics, Ajit Pal Singh retired from International Hockey. Four years later he came out of retirement to play in champion Trophy Tournament at Karachi in 1980. Ajit Pal Singh was awarded the Arjuna Award in 1972.

Olympian Surjit Singh

Olympian Surjit SinghBorn on October 10, 1951, Surjit Singh played for Lyallpur Khalsa College under Guru Nanak Dev University and later for Combined Universities team as deep defender. Surjit Singh made his international debut in the second World Cup Hockey Tournament in Amsterdam in 1973. He was a member of the Indian team which under the leadership of charismatic leader Ajit Pal Singh won the third World Cup Hockey Tournament at Kuala Lumpur in 1975. He also participated in the fifth World Cup Hockey Tournament, the 1974 and 1978 Asian Games, 1976 Montreal Olympic Games Surjit Singh was acclaimed as one of the best full backs in the world. In 1973 he was included in the World Hockey XI. Next year he was a member of the All-Star Hockey XI. Surjit Singh was also the top scorer-both in the Esanda International hockey Tournament at Perth in Australia and the 1978 Asian Games. During his hockey career Surjit Singh was concerned about players cause. Surjit Singh served the Indian Airlines for a few years. Later he joined the Punjab Police.

Surjit Singh Hockey StadiumIt was tragic that Surjit Singh, after his retirement from the game, died in a road accident near Kartarpur in Jalandhar district. In Jalandhar a hockey stadium is named after him. A hockey academy named after him is also being run with Pargat Singh as Vice Chairman. The society's fine functioning has given such impetus to the game in the region that bright and talented players are coming up in every age group. What better tribute will be to Surjit Singh who always considered it a sacred duty to fight for the cause of hockey and the players' rights.

Olympian Pargat Singh

Olympian Pargat SinghBorn on March 5, 1965, at Mithapur near Jalandhar cantonment, Pargat Singh had his early education at a village school. Afterwards he joined Lyallpur Khalsa College. Jalandhar, which produced players of the calibre of Ajit Pal Singh and Surinder Sodhi, both former captains. Pargat Singh played as Full Back for India in Junior & Senior Indian Hockey teams. He led India in 1992 Barcelona Olympics and 1996 Atlanta Olympics. For his meritorious services he was awarded Padam Shree & Arjuna Award by Govt. of India. Currently he is working with Punjab Police and is Vice-President of the Surjit Singh Memorial Hockey Tournament Society of Jalandhar.