Who is Sandeep Singh?
Sandeep Singh is an Indian field hockey player. He is a penalty corner pro and plays the position of full-back during regular play.
Sandeep is an ace drag-flicker. This is where the player crouches low and raises the ball on the shaft of the stick. He then pushes it along the ground in a slinging action at high speed
Where did he grow up?
Singh was born in Shahabad, Haryana on 27th February 1986. His elder brother Bikramjeet is also a hockey player. In 2009 he took over as the captain of the Indian team but was succeeded the following year. Sandeep is an ace drag-flicker. This is where the player crouches low and raises the ball on the shaft of the stick. He then pushes it along the ground in a slinging action at high speed. Singh currently has one of the fastest actions where the ball achieves maximum speeds of 145 km/h.
Singh is an inspiration to athletes and people all over. After being temporarily paralysed by a gunshot wound 2 days before he was to travel with the Indian national team to Germany for the Hockey World Cup in 2006 he spend 2 years in a wheelchair. However with physiotherapy and extensive training got him out of his chair and back onto the field.
What are some of his achievements?
- The Indian team managed to win the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in 2009 under his captaincy. He also won Man of the Tournament and scored the most goals.
- Awarded the Arjuna Award by the government of India.
Sandeep Singh’s Events –
- Men’s field hockey (full-back)
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