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Roop Singh
Personal information
Born (1908-09-08)8 September 1908
Jabalpur, Central Provinces, British India
Died 16 December 1977(1977-12-16) (aged 69)
Gwalior, India
Height 6 ft (183 cm)
Playing position Left-in
National team
Years Team Apps (Gls)
India
Medal record
Men’s Field Hockey
Representing  India
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1932 Los Angeles Team
Gold medal – first place 1936 Berlin Team
Western Asiatic Games
Gold medal – first place 1934 Delhi

Roop Singh (8 September 1908 – 16 December 1977) was an Indian hockey player. He was part of the Indian field hockey team, which won gold medals for India at the 1932 and 1936 Olympic Games. He was the younger brother of Dhyan Chand.[1]

Career

Singh is best known for his sports career, during which he scored three goals against Japan and ten goals against the USA in the Los Angeles Summer Olympics 1932. He was in the armed forces.[when?]

Personal life

Singh was the younger brother of Dhyan Chand,[2] who won the gold medal in the 1932 and 1936 Olympic Games for Indian hockey team.[citation needed]

Singh was from Bais Rajput family based in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh.[citation needed] His son Bhagat Singh and grandson Uday Singh, both played Field Hockey for India. His father, Subedar Sameshwar Singh, was in the army.[citation needed]

Recognition

The Captain Roop Singh Stadium in Gwalior, named after Singh, was originally a hockey stadium before it was converted into a cricket venue in 1988.[3] The German Olympic Committee sent Singh a map showing a street in Munich bearing his name following his impressive performance at the 1936 Olympics.[4] He was also among only three Indian players, the others being Dhyan Chand and Leslie Claudius, to have the tube stations in London renamed in the run-up to the 2012 Summer Olympics.[5]

References

  1. ^ Dhyan Chand at the Encyclopædia Britannica
  2. ^ "Roop Singh Bais". Olympics.com. Archived from the original on 5 August 2021. Retrieved 6 August 2021.
  3. ^ "Indian Hockey Association". Gwalior Plus. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
  4. ^ Encounters. bharatiyahockey.org.
  5. ^ Rath, Satya Siddharth (6 April 2012). "Hockey legends make London tube station list". The Times of India. Retrieved 26 May 2018.