Sardar Singh planning hockey academy to hone talent

The former captain of the Indian hockey team is in talks with the Haryana government to finalise on a location for his training centre.

By Naveen Peter ·

If things are to go ahead as planned, former Indian hockey captain Sardar Singh will kick-start his hockey academy in the coming months.

Sardar Singh, who hung up his stick following the 2018 Asian Games, has been mulling the idea of establishing an academy for some time while also dropping hints of having centres in places like Vancouver too.

“Future plans include starting a training centre for hockey,” the 33-year-old Indian hockey great told Times of India in a recent interview.

“I can say, the way I have trained and thought about the game, the skills I have learned, the effort there (at the academy) will be to share all that experience with them (the trainees).

“Hope those players go on to play for the country and make me and the academy proud,” added Sardar Singh, who serves as the Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) in Haryana Police.

The former centre half of the Indian hockey team also informed that talks were on with the Haryana government for availing a land near Panchkula for the same.

Golf on Sardar Singh’s mind

While he has been enjoying the lockdown period with his family at his ancestral house in Sirsa, Haryana, Sardar Singh is also keen on exploring new avenues to keep himself busy in the future.

And there’s barely anything that’s fascinated him like golf.

“It was always on my mind to start golf someday. I did two golf sessions in Karnal during my (advanced) police training. After that, I flew to Canada and the lockdown was enforced soon after I returned,” he said.

“As soon as the situation improves, my plan is to spend more time on golf and hope to continue that.”

The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna recipient in 2017, Sardar Singh, is also a member of the Hockey India Selection Committee since the past year.

Speaking on the team for the Olympics, the hockey great hoped that players took good advantage of the extended period due to the postponement of Tokyo Olympics.

"We have a lot of time available now to work on all the aspects and also study the strengths and weaknesses of individual players in the world's top teams.

“Those things should be part of team meetings. When we will be strong individually, then the performance of the unit is going to be better," he opined.