Punjab names 10 government schools after Olympic hockey players – Times of India

CHANDIGARH: Punjab School Education Minister Vijay Indra Singla on Sunday said the state government has named ten schools after the players of the Olympic medal-winning hockey team.

Singla said Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had approved the renaming of the school after various Punjab players who were in the squad of the Indian men’s hockey team who won bronze medals at the Tokyo Olympics.



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The minister said the Government Senior Secondary School (GSSS), Mithapur, Jalandhar has been named after hockey team captain Manpreet Singh. He said the school will now be known as Olympian Manpreet Singh Government Senior Secondary School, Mithapur.


Singla said GSSS, Amritsar’s Timowal has been named after co-captain Harmanpreet Singh, who scored a maximum of six goals for India in the Olympics.

He said the school would now be known as Olympian Harmanpreet Singh GSSS, Timowal.

The Mithapur Government Primary School in Jalandhar has been named after Olympian Mandeep Singh, he said in an official statement.


Other schools that have been renamed include GSSS Atari, Amritsar, which will now be known as Altarian Shamser Singh Government Senior Secondary School, Atari after the midfielder’s name.

The Cabinet Minister said the Government Middle School in Faridkot, (Basic Girls) Olympian Rupinderpal Singh has been renamed as Government Middle School.

Government secondary school. Khasropur, Jalandhar is named after Olympian Hardik Singh and Government Primary School Khalaihara, Amritsar is named after Olympian Gurjant Singh.


Government High School, Chahal Kalan, Gurudaspur Name Olympian Simranjit Singh Government High School Chahal Kalan, Gurudaspur.

Singla said Punjab had a golden contribution to Indian sports and it sent the country’s second largest team (after Haryana) to the Olympics as 20 athletes came from Punjab.

Significantly, the Indian men’s hockey team rewrote history after 41 years by claiming an Olympic medal. A strong Indian team beat Germany 5-4 to win bronze in a border play-off match at the Tokyo Olympics.


The eight-time former gold medalist, who has battled a heartbreaking recession over the past four decades, was able to count the revival of the last two years in the best possible way with an Olympic medal.

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