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Ashok Kumar Arjuna Award Awarded In 1974

Ashok Kumar

Ashok Kumar

Award Name : Arjuna Award

Year of Award : 1974

Award for : Sports and Games

Location : Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India


Ashok Kumar is a former Indian professional field hockey player. He is the son of the Indian hockey legend Dhyan Chand. Ashok Kumar is one of the legends in Indian hockey was known for his exceptional skills and ball control. He was a member of the Indian team that won the 1975 World Cup. He was born on 1 June 1950 in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India. He was awarded the Arjuna Award in 1974 and one year later scored the winning goal against Pakistan to achieve India's lone triumph in the World cup, in 1975. He was awarded with Yash Bharti Samman by Government of Uttar Pradesh in the Year 2013. 

Ashok Kumar played for Rajasthan University in 1966-67 and All India Universities 1968-69. Thereafter, he moved to Calcutta to play for Mohun Bagan Club and represented Bengal in the National Championships in Bangalore in 1971. He later joined Indian Airlines and represented it in national tournaments. He made his international debut in 1970 when he was included in the teams Asian Games in Bangkok, losing the title to Pakistan. He also took part in the 1974 and 1978 Asian Games held at Tehran and Bangkok respectively winning Silver Medals in those two games. Ashok represented India in the Olympic Games twice; first in 1972 at Munich and then in 1976 at Montreal. In 1972, India finished third settling for a Bronze and in 1976, India finished seventh, not finishing in top three for the first time since 1928. He played at the Pesta Sukha International Tournament in Singapore in 1971 and captained the team to the 1979 Esanda Hockey Tournament at Perth. He played for the All-Asian star team, where his father Dhyan Chand watched him play for the first time in 1974 and was selected twice for the World XI team.