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Veteran hockey player & World Cup medallist Varinder Singh, 75, dies; Got many prestigious awards

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: One more legendary player is no more, Veteran hockey player Varinder Singh, who was part of the Olympic and World Cup medal winning team, has passed away. He breathed his last in Jalandhar on Tuesday morning. This news is very sad for the world of Indian hockey and sports. Varinder was 75 years old. Varinder has been a part of many memorable victories for India in the 1970s.

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Varinder Singh was an important part of the Indian team that won the gold medal in the Men’s Hockey World Cup in Kuala Lumpur in 1975. The special thing is that India has so far only gold medal in the prestigious tournament and after 1975, India has not yet won gold in this competition. 47 years ago, India won the gold medal by defeating arch-rivals Pakistan 2-1 in the final of this competition.

Varinder, winner of the ‘Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award’, has been an integral part of India’s many historic victories in the 1970s.

Medal in Munich Olympics
Varinder was also a part of the 1972 Munich Olympics. Indian team won bronze medal in this Olympics. After this, Varinder was included in the Indian team that won the silver medal in the World Cup in Amsterdam in 1973. Varinder Singh was also present in the team that won silver medals in 1974 and 1978 Asian Games.

Conferred with Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award
Varinder Singh was honored with the prestigious Dhyanchand Lifetime Achievement Award in the year 2007. Condoling the death of Varinder, Hockey India said in its release, “Varinder Singh’s achievements will always be remembered in the hockey world.”

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