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Sandeep Singh Biography

Sports | 9-14 yrs | Interactive, Learning Pod

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)

The drag and flick is one technique used for penalty shoot-out in hockey. Find some other techniques that are popular and used at shoot-outs.

Short biographies of famous sports people for kids, visit: https://mocomi.com/learn/culture/famous-people/sports/