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Legends Balbir Sr, Fauja Singh grace Sports literature festival

The two-day sports literature festival was inaugurated by 94-year-old hockey legend Balbir Singh Sr.

News 17 Mar 2018, 21:30 IST
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Chandigarh, Mar 17 (PTI) Sporting legend Balbir Singh Sr and world's oldest marathoner Baba Fauja Singh went down the memory lane when they came together at Play Write 2018, a first-of-its-kind Sports Literature Festival, here today.

The two-day sports literature festival was inaugurated by 94-year-old hockey legend Balbir Singh Sr, who was a member of three Olympic gold medal-winning teams in London (1948), Helsinki (1952), and Melbourne (1956 as captain).

Balbir Sr narrated some gripping stories from his childhood describing how his love for the game of hockey began, leaving the audience spellbound by the energy and humour with which the legend spoke.

"My father was very strict, he also used to tell me don't waste time in hockey. While he was very strict, but as he discovered that hockey was my first love and passion, he also encouraged me," he said.

He said that he still remembers the feeling when Indian flag was hoisted at the 1948 Olympics "when we beat Britain 4-0 to clinch India's first Olympic Gold. The sense of patriotism that I felt is beyond any other feeling in the world".

"I feel extremely fortunate today to share my life journey at this unique sports literature forum that I am sure shall inspire the current generation to pursue their dreams in the field of sports."

106-years old Fauja Singh said running has been his passion, although he took it up much late in his life.

"I can either run or sleep but, I can never stop. Running is an indispensable part of my life and I wish to contribute in athletics till my last breath," he said.

The Sports Literature festival will feature sessions covering games like Hockey, Cricket, Marathon running, Soccer, Boxing, Women's Rugby and Kabaddi.

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