An ARJUNA award winner and a bronze medallist of the 1970 Bangkok Asian Games, former international weightlifter, S. Balbir Singh is the ONLY Indian to have established national records in FOUR different weight categories. He has also distinction of being UNBEATEN national champion for 13 successive years in weightlifting.
In 1973 when he won the national crown for the 13th successive year, he was still good enough to carry on for another couple of years. But he voluntarily withdrew in favour of a youngster named Dalbir Singh who won the title with a performance much below Balbir's standard.
On Sept. 25, 1984, he received the prestigious PIERRE DE COUBERTIN trophy for fair play, at UNESCO house in Paris by the Paris based International Fair Play Committee for his adherence to the rules of fair play. He was third in the world after former wrestling coach Guru Hanuman and former world Billiards champion Michael Ferreira to receive this trophy. He is also the ONLY Indian to lift more than 300 pounds and having a three-lift total of plus 900 pounds to his credit.Download Ebook to Read Continue