Olympian and former captain of the Indian hockey team Surinder Singh Sodhi joined the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) here on Tuesday.
Sodhi, who is also a former Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, led the national hockey team to the 1980 Olympic gold besides a silver medal at the Asian Games and bronze at the Champions Trophy. Sodhi has also been conferred with the Arjuna Award and Maharaja Ranjit Singh Award.
Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s niece Gurjit Kaur Dhathh also joined the party on Tuesday in the presence of AAP national spokesperson Sanjay Singh and state convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur.
Dhathh, who is the daughter of the martyr’s sister Prakash Kaur, said: “I want to accomplish Bhagat Singh’s vision, and find AAP to be the only party in Punjab that can do it.” Hailing from Ambala Jatta village of Tanda Urmur town in Hoshiarpur district, Dhathh family is known for their social work.
Other prominent sportspersons in AAP team
Sajjan Singh Cheema : An Arjuna-awardee basketball player, who represented India at the 1982 Asian Games in Delhi. He also served in the Punjab Police.
Rajbir Kaur : Known as the Golden Girl, she captained the Indian hockey team and is an Arjuna awardee. The only woman hockey player to represent the country at four consecutive Asian Games in 1982, 1986, 1990 and 1994
Kartar Singh: The former wrestler struck the gold twice at the Asian Games and was conferred with the Arjuna Award in 1982 and Padma Shri in 1987. He is also a former police officer
Hardeep Singh Grewal: An international hockey player, who participated in the Olympic Games in 1984, Asian Games in 1986 and World Cup in 1986
Jagdeep Singh Gill: An international hockey player who has been felicitated with Maharaja Ranjit Singh Award by the Punjab government. He participated in the 1982 Asian Games