Sardar Singh named as flag bearer for India at Asian Games
New Delhi: Sardar Singh, captain of Indian men hockey team, will be the flag bearer for the country during the opening ceremony of the 17th Asian Games 2014 scheduled to take place in Incheon, South Korea on 19 September 2014.
The 28-year-old midfielder was also a part of the torch lighting ceremony for the 17th Asian Games which started its journey last month from Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi, the venue for 1st Asian Games. Sardar Singh will be representing the Indian Men’s Hockey team for the second time at the Asian Games and it comes as a well deserved recognition for him.
Speaking on the occasion, Hockey India’s Secretary General Dr. Narinder Batra said, “Sardar Singh being chosen as the flag bearer for India at the 17th Asian Games has brought much happiness to me and the Hockey India family, making us proud of his achievements. Representing your nation on such a huge international platform is a matter of great pride and I would like to congratulate Sardar Singh on behalf of the entire Hockey India family for this.”
Sardar Singh, who made his international debut in 2006, has represented the country in 191 international matches till date. He has represented India at major events including FIH World Cup 2014 in The Netherlands, FIH World League Round 4 in India, Men’s Asia Cup 2013 in Malaysia, FIH World League Semi-final 2013 in The Netherlands, FIH World League Round 2, 2013 in India, Olympic Games 2012 in London, FIH Men’s Champions Trophy 2012 in Australia, Asian Champions Trophy 2012 in Qatar & 2011 in China, Asian Games 2010 in China, Commonwealth Games 2010 in India and FIH World Cup 2010 in India.
For his outstanding performance in 2010, Sardar Singh was included in the FIH All Star Team. Sardar Singh was also honoured with the Arjuna Award in 2012 for his achievements by the Government of India.
Under the leadership of Sardar Singh, Indian Men Hockey team has won the Silver medal at the recently concluded XX Commonwealth Games 2014 at Glasgow,