Punjab

Captain releases 5 Lakhs for State Athlete Hakam Singh

August 09, 2018 06:57 PM

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday, ordered the release of Rs. 5 lakh for the treatment of ailing Asiad Gold medal winner athlete Hakam Singh.

The Chief Minister has directed the Barnala district administration to ensure all necessary assistance for the Dhyan Chand Awardee. He had earlier tweeted his concern and asked the DC Barnala to visit the 1978 Bangkok Asiad medallist, who is undergoing treatment for liver and kidney ailments at a hospital.

The former athlete, who had also served as Havaldar in the 6 Sikh Regiment, was conferred the Dhyan Chand Award in 2008. He had won the gold medal at the 1978 Asian Games in the 20-kilometre race walk, which remains a memorable victory in an otherwise deficit record of our country in athletics. he also won a gold in the Asian Track and Field Meeting held at Tokyo in 1979. He had a near fatal accident which forced him to hang his boots in 1981, marking an abrupt end to an illustrious sporting career. 

The Chief Minister has reiterated his government’s commitment to the welfare of former sportspersons in the state and has assured of all monetary help to ensure that they lead a respectable life after retirement from active sports.

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