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Olympic medal record
Men's field hockey
Representing  India
Gold medal – first place 1932 Los Angeles Team competition
Gold medal – first place 1936 Berlin Team competition
Syed Mohammad Jaffar, Standing, 2nd from right side. (Group photo of Indian Hockey Team - 1936 Berlin Olympics.)
Syed Mohammad Jaffar, Standing, 2nd from right side. (Group photo of Indian Hockey Team - 1936 Berlin Olympics.)
Sayed Jaffar's photograph with a hunting hawk.
Sayed Jaffar's photograph with a hunting hawk.

Sayed Mohammad Jaffar Shah (December 1911 – 21 March 1937) was an Indian field hockey player who competed in the 1932 Summer Olympics and 1936 Summer Olympics.[1]

Early life and education

He was born in Shergarh, District Montgomery, British India (now in Punjab, Pakistan). Jaffar received his education at the Aitchison College, Lahore and at the Government College Lahore.

Playing career

In 1932 he was a member of the All India team that represented the country in the Field hockey at the 1932 Summer Olympics. The team won the gold medal. He played two matches as forward.[2]


Four years later in 1936, he was again the member of the All India Field Hockey team. The team again won the gold medal for Field hockey at the 1936 Summer Olympics. He played five matches as forward.

Death & Memory

He died as a result of a shooting accident near Lahore on banks of river Ravi, in 1937.[3]

A hockey pavilion was constructed at Aitchison College Lahore in 1939 as a tribute to the memory of Jaffar and his services to hockey in India.

Jaffar Memorial hockey tournament is organised annually by Ali Institute of Education in Lahore.

Grave and Epitaph

Tombstone of Syed Mohammad Jaffar

The inscription on the gravestone reads "Syed Mohammad Jaffar Shah Kirmani son of Syed Nawazish Hussain Shah Kirmani" "Date of Birth: December 1911. Date of Death: March 1937"

"(Late) Syed Mohammad Jaffar was one of the greatest players of hockey, who was selected for 1928 for United India (All India) Olympics Hockey team but he could not participate in that global event due to his youthful age. In 1932 All India Hockey Team which participated in Los Angeles (USA) Olympics, he was considered one of the best players in the world on the position of "Left-Out", although he was one of the youngest. He participated once again in 1936 tournament in the global tournament as vice-captain. Out of magnanimity of his heart, he decided not to be a candidate for the captaincy in favour of Dhyan Chand, although initially, he was being considered as captain of this victorious team because of his professionalism and skill level. He was not only a brilliant sportsman and a great representative (and an asset) of the country, he was also a figure of exemplary mannerism and conduct.

On a fateful evening in 1938, while on a hunting expedition on river Ravi near Lakho Dehar, he accidentally gave his life away to the river. He saddened his huge fan following and opted to respond to the call of the God."

"Gravestone laid down by Syed Javed Hassan son of (Late) Syed Mohammad Hassan"

An Urdu verse is also inscribed on the tombstone.

وہی جواں ہے قبیلے کی آنکھ کا تارا شباب ہے جسکا بے داغ ظرب ہے کاری

References

  1. ^ "Mohammed Jaffar". databaseolympics.com. 1 January 2002. Archived from the original on 11 October 2012. Retrieved 5 November 2020.
  2. ^ "Mohammed Jaffar". databaseolympics.com. 1 January 2002. Archived from the original on 11 October 2012. Retrieved 5 November 2020.
  3. ^ "Mohammed Jaffar". bharatiyahockey.org. 1 October 2001. Retrieved 14 June 2022.