Born on April 27, 1899 in a village Dolol in Distt. Ludhiana, late Brig. Dalip Singh has earned the honour of being the FIRST Olympian of India who took part in the Paris Olympic held in 1924, alongwith S. Palam Singh, another Sikh. Though he did not bring home any laurel, it is on record that he performed really well. In the long jump event, he narrowly missed a place among the first six.He had also other two honours at his credit. He was the FIRST Indian to be the torch-bearer at the inaugural Asia Games at Delhi in 1951. In Amsterdam Olympics held in 1928, he was the leader of the Indian Athletic Team. He had been a good athlete from his school, college and university days. He had shown great skill in 100, 200 and 440 yards run; 120 yards hurdles and long jump.
Brig Dalip Singh, apart from being an athlete, was also The Mighty Sikhs / 134 a good hockey and cricket player. In 1924 Olympics at first he was selected to play in the hockey team e.g. Patiala Tigers which was scheduled for the Paris Olympics, but keeping in view his worth as an athlete he was sent as such to the Olympics as an athlete. For his distinguished service in the world war II, while he was in the Patiala Infantry, he was awarded M.B.E. (Medal for British Empire). He had joined the Patiala Infantry in 1924.Download Ebook to Read Continue