Padma Shri Award

Balbir Singh Sr.

Introduced in 1954 for outstanding civilians

Balbir Singh Dosanjh, popularly known as Balbir Singh Sr. represented India in three Olympic Games getting the Gold Medal on each occasion. In the year 1957, he became the first recipient of the Padma Shri award in Sports category.

He made his Olympics debut at London in 1948 against Argentina where India won the match 9-1. He scored six goals including a hat-trick. In the final against Britain, India won 4-0 with Balbir scoring twice.

At the Helsinki Olympics 1952, he was the Vice-Captain and in the semi-final against Britain he scored all the three goals. In the final India beat Holland 6-1 with Balbir scoring five including a hat-trick He was made the Captain for the Melbourne Olympics in 1956.

He was the Manager of the Indian team that won the World Cup in 1975 in Kuala Lumpur.

Year Men Women
1957 Balbir Singh Sr.
1958 K.D. Singh ‘Babu’
1964 Charanjit Singh
1966 Krishan Lal
1967 Prithipal Singh
1967 Shankar Laxman
1971 Leslie Cladius
1981 Vasudevan Baskaran
1981 Mohd. Shahid
1982 Eliza Nelson
1990 Jhaman Lal Sharma
1991 Selma D’Silva
1992 Ajit Pal Singh
1995
1998 Pargat Singh
2001 Dhanraj Pillay
2003 Mukesh Kumar
2004 Dilip Tirkey
2009 Balbir Singh Kullar
2010 Ignace Tirkey
2012 Zafar Iqbal
2015 Sardar Singh Saba Anjum
2017 P.R. Sreejesh