Hockey Olympian’s son wins high journey award


Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 23

Over 50 years after hockey Olympian Colonel Balbir Singh Kular received the Arjuna Award, his son Colonel Sarfraz Singh has acquired the Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award.

“I am really proud of him,” Kular stated of his son. “He has been really passionate about adventure sports and for him to receive such a prestigious award is an honour for the whole family,” he added.

Kular, who comes from the well-known hockey village of Sansarpur, Jalandhar, was a part of the bronze-winning staff on the 1968 Olympics. He additionally received the Asian Games gold in 1966. Kular was honoured with the Arjuna Award in 1968.

His son has acquired the award within the land journey class. Sarfraz, 44, is from the elite Parachute Regiment. He acquired the chance to pursue his ardour within the Army. In 2004, he climbed his first peak above 7000 metres, and since then, he has climbed over a dozen peaks. He is the director of the National Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports (NIMAS) in Arunachal Pradesh.

In 2018, Sarfraz led a mission of eight members to the highest of world’s highest peak, Mount Everest. In January this yr, he led a 40-day, 4,000-km biking expedition from India to Singapore.



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