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Indian field hockey player Haripal Kaushik

Indian field hockey player Haripal Kaushik was born on 2 February 1934 and died on 25 January 2018 in Jalandhar, Punjab. Throughout the flourishing period of Indian hockey in the year 1950s and 1960s, game for the specific place was strong, and therefore, constantly making a spot in the national team was a challenging job. In that period Indian hockey team was almighty of any kind of tournament. Yet, the late Haripal Kaushik, an intelligent and extraordinary center front man participated in three Olympics games, gaining two gold medals in the year 1956 and 1964 and one silver medal in the year 1960, and a gold medal in the year 1966 Asian Games. 

Indian field hockey player Haripal Kaushik
Indian field hockey player Haripal Kaushik

Surprisingly several athletes like best half-back Leslie Walter Claudius was an Indian field hockey and among other players played three successive Olympics. Haripal also relates to this nobility group, not just because of his absolute gift but persistence and dedication that gained him a coach’s happiness.

LIEUTENANT Col Haripal Kaushik, who served India in a hockey game and was the vice-captain of the 1956 Summer Olympics which was held in Australia and won the gold medal, 1960 Summer Olympics game which was held in Italy and won the silver medal and 1964 Summer Olympics which was held in Japan and Indian Hockey Team won gold medals in all of this Olympic tournament.

Haripal had previously revealed that later enduring the Chinese army’s strikes in the unfriendly territory during the 1962 fight he was not intimidated by a hockey final. Very rare souls remember that Haripal failed to attend the 1962 Asian Games because of the dispute of war with China in the year 1962. He was not merely an exceptional hockey athlete but was also a perfect professional soldier and a devoted Army officer during his functioning profession and mostly he devoted his life for the nation either way as a hockey player or Indian army soldier. He then was appointed into the Indian Army in the year 1959, Haripal worked in the 1st Unit of the Sikh Regiment.

Indian Hockey Team in 1956 Summer Olympics in Australia
Indian Hockey Team in 1956 Summer Olympics in Australia

He gained gold medals in Australia, from 22 November to 8 December 1956 Summer Olympics and the event held from 10 to 24 October 1964 in Tokyo, Japan Summer Olympics. He was captain of the Indian hockey team that gained the gold medal in the 1966 Asian Games sports event that was held from December 9 to 20, 1966, in Bangkok, Thailand, and was following a field hockey manager and television host. He was a recipient of the honorable Arjuna Award for distinction in strong opposition in the year 1998. Later on, Kaushik has conferred with the Vir Chakra for “commendable bravery and self-disparagement on the battleground. He raised to the level of lieutenant-colonel.