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Don’t ‘flicker’, achieve goals, aim for more, says Arjuna awardee Sandeep Singh as he inaugurates sports summit in Pune

Over 200 teams from 15 sport disciplines, including eight teams from outside Maharashtra, are taking part in the summit.

pune Updated: Sep 05, 2018 15:28 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pune
Arjuna awardee Sandeep Singh,Flicker Singh,hockey
Sandeep Singh. (Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)

PUNE For Arjuna awardee Sandeep Singh, sport taught him to live life, overcome hurdles. Known as ‘Flicker Singh’ for his special tactics on the field, the former captain of the Indian hockey team said that ups and downs in life cannot be avoided but one should learn from these experiences.

Speaking as the chief guest at the inauguration ceremony of the MIT World Peace University’s 13th national level inter-engineering sports summit, Singh said, “Have goals in life which help to achieve anything one yearns for, but after attaining those accomplishments, one should not be satisfied but push beyond your limits and achieve bigger goals. One should keep thinking forward.”

Over 200 teams from 15 sport disciplines, including eight teams from outside Maharashtra, are taking part in the summit.

Sharing his life experience, Singh said, “On August 22, 2006, I was shot at while travelling in a train. As no ambulance was available on the spot, I was rushed to the hospital in an autorickshaw. For further treatment I was shifted to Chandigarh where I stayed unconscious for three weeks and my whole body was paralysed. When I recovered from coma, the doctor who was treating me had said that I would never be able to play again. By not letting negative thoughts cloud my mind, I set a goal to return to the field of hockey and soon made myself capable to play again. Later on, I was declared the captain of Indian hockey team and, in 2010, I was felicitated with the Arjuna award. Not only that, I was also nominated for the world player award in the 2011.”

On the occasion, renowned sportspersons were felicitated by awards like the MIT Krida Maharshi Puraskar and MIT Krida Acharya Puraskar. The awardees were Dr Arun Datar, in the field of best physique; Dinesh Gund, in the field of wrestling and Girish Natu in the field of badminton.

Congratulating all the awardees and terming Sandeep Singh as the noble son of the nation, Prof Dr Vishwanath Karad, in his address said that Singh is very inspiring and motivating to develop the positive mindset and never to give up hope in life. Success and failure is a game. At MIT WPU we call such a person as a winning personality.

Girish Natu, another awardee for Krida Acharya Puraskar said, “Government of India is also taking efforts for sport. Khelo India is one such initiative is slated to be introduced from next year. Students should take the benefit out of these platforms. Small games are at grass root level are also as important as Olympic Games.”

First Published: Sep 05, 2018 15:27 IST