Malwa College of Physical Education is in high spirits as three players, who passed out from the college, are going to participate in the Commonwealth Games 2014 at Glasgow, Scotland.
The three players are Om Prakash Singh, Arpinder Singh and Ratan Deep Kaur. They are participating in shot put, triple jump and 4x400 metre relay race respectively. The three are government employees and have participated in various international tournaments earlier also.
Om Prakash Singh has also participated in the 2012 Olympics, 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, 16th Asian Games and Asian athletic championship too. Arpinder Singh was a participant in Asian Athletic Championship, Pune, 2013 where he won a bronze medal in triple jump. And, Ratan Deep participated in SAF Games where she won a gold medal in relay race, the only girl in Punjab who ever participated in 4x400 relay race.
Besides these three players, this has given 18 international and 95 national medallists with 8 new records. Darshan Singh, director of the college, said, "It is a matter of pride for us. We treat the students the way players should be treated and the result is in front of everybody."
Even with the best record in sports in Punjab, this college is not in consideration of the government for support. "The government is doing nothing for this college in terms of fund allocation, facilities, etc," he added. The college itself gives cash prizes to deserving students.
Former international athlete and general secretary of the Punjab Athletic Association, KPS Brar said, "This is our good luck that Punjab has produced such best players and we're hopeful of getting the good news of winning medals this time also. We are also preparing players to participate in the upcoming Asian Games."
With the contribution of this college, Punjabi University, Patiala, has won the title and trophy for the Best University in the sports category for years consecutively.