Harcharan Singh
Harcharan Singh in Amritsar in February 2022
Personal details
Born (1950-01-15) 15 January 1950 (age 74)
Marar, Punjab, India
SpouseDilraj Kaur
Occupationformer Field Hockey Player, Motivational Speaker
Military service
Allegiance India
Branch/service Indian Army
Years of service1969 - 1999
Rank Brigadier
Harcharan Singh
Medal record
Men's field hockey
Representing  India
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 1972 Munich Team
Hockey World Cup
Bronze medal – third place 1971 Barcelona Team
Silver medal – second place 1973 Amsterdam Team
Gold medal – first place 1975 Kuala Lumpur Team
Asian Games
Silver medal – second place 1970 Bangkok Team
Silver medal – second place 1974 Tehran Team

Brigadier Harcharan Singh, VSM (born January 15, 1950) is an Indian field hockey player. He was a member of bronze medal winner India men's national field hockey team at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich.[1]

Early life, Education and Army

He was born in Marar, Gurdaspur, Punjab. He joined the Indian Army, long after he began playing hockey in 1969. Singh explains, “I joined the Army quite late. The reason being my lack of fluency in English. I studied at the Khalsa Government school in rural Punjab. To qualify to an officer in the Services, one must be fluent in English. I picked up the language but struggled a lot to move up the ranks in the early stages of my career in the army.. [2]

Harcharan Singh is the uncle of the Indian cricketer Balwinder Sandhu.[3]

Field Hockey

Singh was member of India men's national field hockey team which won Bronze in 1972 Summer Olympics held in Munich. Singh was also member of Indian Hockey Team which won Bronze in 1971 Barcelona Hockey World Cup, Silver in 1973 Amsterdam Hockey World Cup and Gold in 1975 Kuala Lumpur Hockey World Cup. In Asian Games Singh's team won Silver medals in 1970 Asian Games held in Bangkok and 1974 Asian Games held in Tehran. Singh also competed at the 1976 Summer Olympics.[4]


Singh was awarded Arjuna Award in 1977. He was awarded Vishisht Seva Medal for distinguished services to the nation while serving in the Army in 1981, the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Award by the Punjab Government in 2019 which acknowledged him as a Punjab sports legend and the Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji Achiever’s Award among 400 prominent Punjabis globally, also in 2019 by Capt. Amarinder Singh on the occasion of 550th Prakash Purb celebrations of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji.


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Harcharan Singh". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 12 May 2012.
  2. ^ "HOCKEY HERO HARCHARAN: LEFT WAS CERTAINLY RIGHT FOR THIS STICK ARTIST". stick2hockey.com. Retrieved 15 March 2021.
  3. ^ Sandhu, Balwinder, The Devil's Pack, Rupa and Co, p.146
  4. ^ "Olympedia – Harcharan Singh".