The mortal remains of the legendary hockey player Padma Shri Balbir Singh Senior were consigned to flames on Monday with full state honours at a local electric crematorium. Balbir Singh Senior’s grandson Kabir Singh lit the pyre.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office stated that the Punjab Sports Minister Rana Gurmit Sodhi has laid the wreath on behalf of the Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh. Likewise, a contingent of Punjab Police reversed arms and later fired in the air as a mark of respect to the legendary hockey star.
MLAs Olympian Pargat Singh and Parminder Singh Dhindsa also laid wreaths to pay their respects to the departed soul. On the behalf of Punjab Governor and Administrator of Union Territory, ADC Chandigarh Sachin Rana placed the wreath.
Representatives of Hockey India, Punjab Olympics Association and Hockey Punjab also laid wreaths to pay their last respects. While talking to the media persons, Rana Gurmit Sodhi said that the international hockey stadium at Mohali would be named in the memory Balbir Singh Senior, which would be formally inaugurated by the Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh at an appropriate time.
Principal Secretary Hussan Lal, Director Sports Punjab Sanjay Popli, Deputy Commissioner Mohali Girish Dayalan, Commissioner Municipal Corporation Chandigarh and Secretary Sports UT K.K. Yadav, Director Sports UT Tejvir Saini and people from different walks of life besides family, friends and admirers bid a tearful adieu to the hockey legend.