Father taught hockey to his son by working as a porter, now Jugraj Singh is ready to repay the country’s debt in Paris

Jugraj Singh, who has joined the Indian hockey team going to Paris as an additional player, is ready to show his strength if he gets the opportunity. Jugraj Singh’s story of struggle is very unique. His father was a porter by profession and there was a time when circumstances were such that Jugraj was not able to give hockey trials due to lack of shoes. Jugraj Singh’s story of struggle is amazing and it gives courage to people facing adverse circumstances. Jugraj achieved his goal by facing poverty and miserable conditions. He went to Jalandhar Surjit Singh Hockey Academy for the first time wearing plastic shoes.

Jugraj says, ‘There was a time when I did not have studs (shoes) and due to this I was not able to give trials two-three times. Studs are worn on turf, but the shoes I wore in school, I used to wear the same in the ground, but they did not work on turf.’ He went to Jalandhar Surjit Singh Hockey Academy for the first time wearing plastic shoes. Jugraj told that his father Surjit Singh was a porter at Attari border. The family lived on his income. He (Jugraj) is the youngest in the family. He has two elder sisters and an elder brother. Jugraj told that his father Surjit taught the children by working 12 hours continuously.

Made arrangements to teach them hockey. Got his elder sister to do ETT course after BA so that she could get a job. After educating his younger sister till class 12, he got her enrolled to become a drawing teacher but she too did not get a job. Jugraj Singh told that his elder brother studied till class 12 but due to family circumstances, he could not study further. His father used to carry cement coming from the border due to which cement got stuck in his chest. Because of this, he started falling sick. In such a situation, his elder brother took the responsibility himself to run the house and inspired him (Jugraj) to play hockey.

Jugraj told that due to playing hockey, he got a job in the Indian Navy in the year 2016. This improved the condition of the family, so he got both his sisters and brother married. In the year 2020, there was a lockdown due to Kovid, yet he did not stop playing. In January this year, he was selected in the Indian hockey team. Finally, the team managed to bring a silver medal for the country in the Commonwealth Games, which made the whole family happy. Jugraj started playing in the village itself in 2005. After playing here for three-four years, he took admission in the sports wing of Khalsa School. After that he played for Khadur Sahib Hockey Academy. Then he got admission in Punjab National Bank (PNB) Academy. Due to better game, he got an opportunity to play in the senior team of PNB. Jugraj tells that he has reached here today by learning the nuances of the game from coach Maninder Singh Palli, Manjit Singh, Subedar Balkar Singh.

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