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The contribution of Sikhs to the sport of hockey worldwide has always been immense. It is not only Indian hockey but international hockey which owes a lot to the Sikhs. Many Asian, African and North American countries emerged on the world hockey scene, thanks to efforts and hard work of certain enthusiastic and energetic Sikh hockey players, administrators and sponsors.

Wherever Sikhs went, both as a part of the British Empire or otherwise, they carried with them their game and hockey sticks. Interestingly, Sikhs have played hockey in eighty eight countries to date.

One hundred and thirty seven Sikhs have played hockey at Olympic Games representing nine countries: Canada, Great Britain, Hong Kong, India, Kenya, Malaysia, Singapore, Tanzania and Uganda. Sikhs have played in every Olympic Games since 1928, winning nine Gold, one Silver and three Bronze medals and scoring 254 Olympic goals on the way.

Sikhs have been playing hockey in all parts of the globe and have represented eighteen countries at international level: Australia, Canada, England, Fiji, Great Britain, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, Malaysia, Singapore, Tanzania, Uganda, USA, Wales, Zambia and Zanzibar. They have played at every Men’s World Cup since the first tournament in Barcelona in 1971.

Details of all Sikh Officials, at FIH, Continental and National level, all international umpires and national coaches, and information on the playing countries can be found at:

The website is maintained by Dil Bahra, a former Trustee of The Hockey Museum.

Sikh Union, Nairobi, Kenya, early 1920s

Sikh Union, Nairobi, Kenya, 1930s

India Hockey Club, Vancouver, Canada, 1934

The Nairobi Tigers, Kenya, 1943

Khalsa Sports Club, Dar es Salaam, Tanganyika, 1945

Asian Civil Service, Kenya, 1958

Sikh Union, Nairobi, Kenya, 1959

Jinja Sikh Union, Uganda, 1963

Sikh Union, Kampala, Uganda, 1964

Sikh Union, Nairobi, Kenya, 1970

Khalsa Sports Club, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 1975

Balbir Singh of India at London Olympic Games, 1948

Avtar of Kenya and Rajwinder of India at Barcelona World Cup, 1971

Surjeet Singh of India at Amsterdam World Cup, 1973

Surinder Singh Sodhi of India at Champions Trophy, 1980

Hargurnek Singh Sandhu of Canada at Los Angeles Olympic Games, 1984

Pargat Singh of India at London World Cup, 1986

Mohinder Pal Singh and Jagbir Singh of India at Seoul Olympic Games, 1988

Raj Pal Singh of India at Monchengladbach World Cup, 2006

Baljit Singh Dhillon of India at Athens Olympic Games, 2004


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