Amritsar, August 23
Though the Khalsa University (KU) legislation has been abrogated by the state government, its management continues to run. In a recent move, it appointed international coach Baldev Singh (Dronacharya Awardee) as the chief coach of the newly-established Hockey Academy of the KU.
Baldev Singh was earlier associated with the Shahbad (Haryana)-based Hockey Academy which had produced Olympians and players of international repute and has been a member of the committee of experts for the preparations for 2020 Olympics in the country.
Baldev Singh joined the assignment in the presence of KU Pro-Chancellor RMS Chhina and Vice Chancellor Dr GS Walia.
Baldev had served as assistant coach, coach and chief coach at various institutions and retired from the Sports Department of Haryana. He said the facilities for the sportspersons in Haryana were one of the best in the country and Punjab must follow a visionary policy for the promotion of sports.
Chhina said Baldev Singh would be an asset for the new academy which aimed to promote women hockey at national and international level. “Academy’s star hockey player Ritu has made it recently to the Hockey India (Women) team’s national camp being held in Bangluru (Karnataka),” he said.
Vice Chancellor Dr GS Walia hoped that under Baldev Singh the academy would flourish as he had already produced a number of Olympians and national level hockey players. “India’s top hockey players, including Sandeep Kaur, Ritu Rani, Rani Rampal and Sandeep Singh, have received training from him. We want our students to play in the national and international games, including Olympics,” he said.
KU Director (Sports) Dr Kanwaljit Singh said that apart from chief coach Baldev Singh, Amarjit Singh had been appointed coach and they were the best team to train the players. He said the focus was more on women sports and the management was already in process to establish world-class sports infrastructure here.