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Arjuna and Bhima awardee player Sabir Ali passed away

File photo of Arjun and Bhim awardee Sabir Ali.

File photo of Arjun and Bhim awardee Sabir Ali.

Yamunanagar.Sabir Ali (70), who was honored with the Arjuna and Bhima Award and retired from the post of Deputy Chief Commercial Manager in Railways, of village Nachraon in Radaur area, died at New Delhi Railway Hospital. He was the only Arjuna and Bhima awardee player from Radaur region. Who was counted among the big athletics players of the country. He will be buried in the cemetery of his native village Nachraun on Monday. Various organizations including Rotary Club Radaur, Innerwheel Club, City Park Welfare Association, Welfare Association, Jat Sabha Radaur have expressed deep grief over his death.

Halka Radaur MLA Dr. BL Saini said that with the demise of Arjuna Award winner Sabir Ali, the country has lost a great sportsperson forever. Which is not possible to compensate. He was an inspiration to the youth. He will demand from the government that the sports stadium should be constructed in his name in Radaur area. Which will be a true tribute to this great player.

this is the journey of life

Sabir Ali, born in Shamsu’s house in a poor blacksmith family in Nachraun village of Yamunanagar district, brought laurels to the country at the national and international level on the strength of his hard work. He was the best athlete in MLN College, Radaur for four consecutive years. After that he got a Class IV job in Jagadhri Workshop. After that he became the best athlete in the competitions played by the Railways and was promoted by the Railways to the post of Traffic Inspector. After that he was the National Champion for ten consecutive years. In 1981, he got a chance to represent the country in the Asian Games held in Tokyo, Japan. He won the Gold Medal in the Athletics Games in Tokyo. After which the then President Giani Zail Singh awarded him the Arjuna Award. In 1981 itself, the Governor of Haryana honored him with the Bhima Award given in the sports of the state. He won two silver medals in the South Asian Games played in Kathmandu. He won the silver medal in the World Railway Games played in East Germany. He won the silver medal in the World Railway Games played in Czechoslovakia. He was the best athlete of Railways for ten years. In 1981 itself, he was awarded the Best Athlete Award by the Journalists’ Association. He was made the captain of the Indian team in the 1983 Games held in Kuwait. In 1989, the Railways appointed him as a Gazetted Officer. He was the Chief Coach of Railways from 1992 to 2000.

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