SINGH Sandeep < Back  
Sport Hockey
CGA India   
Gender Men
Born 27 Feb 1986
Height1.87 m
Weight 88 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence India
Occupation Athlete, Police Officer
Languages Punjabi, English, Hindi
Higher education Khalsa College: Patiala, IND
Sport Specific Information
Club / Team Haryana: Delhi, IND
Name of coach Michael Nobbs [national]
Coach from which country? Australia
Preferred position / style / stance / technique Fullback
International Debut
Year 2004
Competing for India
Opponent Germany
Location Malaysia
General Interest
Most influential person in career ''My parents are my source of inspiration. They guide me to come out of difficult periods,'' he said. (Only Punjab, 30 Jan 2006)
Injuries He suffered a back injury while on tour in Canada in October 2009. (, 05 Feb 2010)

In August 2006 he was selected for India's World Cup team, but was unable to compete after being accidentally shot in the hip by a train guard cleaning his gun. "I was sitting and talking to Rajpal [another hockey player] when I heard this loud bang behind me and felt something searing hot enter me from behind. It was excruciatingly painful, like fire," he said. "Then I felt hands all over me, people lifting me, chaos, commotion even as I could not think straight." The stray bullet punctured his pancreas and chipped off a small portion of spine. Doctors attending his recovery said he was extremely lucky the bullet did not touch his nerves, otherwise he could have faced permanent paralysis in his lower limbs. (Times of India, 23 Aug 2009, Fox Sports, 07 Sep 2006)
Awards and honours He was a 2006 Arjuna Award winner. (, 26 Feb 2012)

He was on the five-man shortlist for the International Hockey Federation's [FIH] Young Player of the Year award for 2005. (Deccan Herald, 15 Dec 2005)

He was voted Forward of the Tournament at the 6-Nation U21 Junior Challenge in Gniezno, Poland in August 2003. He scored 12 goals in five matches including a hat-trick in the final match, a 5-0 win over Pakistan, to help India lift the title. (Indian Field Hockey 30 Aug 2003)
He scored 16 goals in India's London Olympic qualifying tournament, 15 through drag-flicks. Although he was top scorer and player of the final against France, he insisted he is not a one-man show. "I owe my success to all my teammates. It is the result of the team work. Had there been no moves, there would not have been any penalty corners. Then, how would I have scored the goals." (, 28 Feb 2012)

In August 2011 he and midfielder Sardar Singh left a training camp to attend a function without informing team management. It was one of several disciplinary complaints levelled at both players, and Hockey India reacted by hitting both players with a two-year ban that was later revoked after both Sandeep and Sardar apologised. (, 26 Feb 2012)

He is Deputy Superintendent of Police in Haryana. (, 26 Feb 2012)