Shri. Pargat Singh, 45 years old is the only former Indian Hockey Captain who achieved the rare feat of leading the Indian Hockey Team twice in Olympics, once in 1992 Barcelona (Spain) and another in 1996 Atlanta (USA) Olympics. In 1988 Seoul (Korea) Olympics, he participated as the member of Indian Hockey Squad. He played in Indian hockey team in 1986 World Cup London (England) and captained the Indian Hockey Team in 1990 World Cup Lahore (Pakistan). He played International Hockey from 1983 to 1997 and represented India, a number of times in Asian Games, Champions Trophy, Asia Cup and others in more than 300 International Hokey matches. This is a record by itself of those times.
Presently, Shri. Pargat Singh is Director of Sports for Punjab and is engaged in panorama of sports related activities, be it making sports available at grass root level, creation of sports infrastructure in the state right from village to state level, providing standard sports equipment to the players, nutritious diet to the players and scientific training to groom sportspersons for national and international level competition.
Shri. Pargat Singh is the recipient of highest National Sports Awards like Padma Shree in 1998, Rajiv Gandhi Award in 1996, Arjuna Award in 1989 & Punjab’s highest sports award i.e. Maharaja Ranjit Singh State Award in 2006.
Shri. Pargat Singh is Punjab’s serving Secretary General of Hockey, the body which is looking after the affairs of Men and Women Hockey in the state of Punjab. He is also the serving member of various organizations, including member of Rules Advisory Panel of Federation of International Hockey and member of National Sports Development Fund, a governing body to encourage sportspersons.
Originally, Shri. Pargat Singh is from the Department of Punjab Police and holds the position of Superintendent of Police. He is on deputation with the Punjab Sports department for the present assignment which he joined in 2005.
He is making concerted efforts for the revival of Hockey in Punjab state and the country. He has established Hockey Academy for promising players at Jalandhar and a number of hockey training centres for young and upcoming hockey players. He has very successfully organized four nations Punjab Gold Cup Hockey Tournament at Chandigarh in 2009, in which national teams of Germany, Holand, New Zealand and India participated.