Singapore | Asia Samachar |9 June 2015
The Singapore hockey men team for the SEA Games 2015 have two Sikh brothers on board the first 18.
Ishwarpal Singh Grewal and his younger brother Jaspal Singh Grewal were both fielded in the first eleven when Singapore met Myanmar in the opening match of the regional games on June 6. The match, played in front of Singapore’s home crowd, ended 1-1.
In the clash between the two neighbours yesterday, Malaysia outclassed Singapore to win 4-1.
There are no Sikhs in the Malaysian team, which at one time always had a fair share of Sikhs wielding the hockey stick.
Both brothers have don the national jersey, but this would be the first time that they are being fielded together.
Ishwarpal, 22, is a first-year medical student. Jaspal, 21, will read accountancy at the Singapore Management University later this year.
They have both played for the national team, but due to various commitments, never at the same time, according to The New Paper (22 May 2015).
Juggling sports and academics, Ishwarpal admitted that his performances had taken a hit as he prepared for exams that start six days after the SEA Games.
“School has definitely been tough and, personally, the biggest challenge for me has been speed.
“I’ve never been a fast player and have had to use brains to make up for it, but that has been tough too,” he told the newspaper.
Admitting to playfully teasing each other about on-field mistakes when at home, Jaspal revealed that the family is proud to have two representatives at the Games, the report adds.
“My dad always wanted one of us to make the national team and now to have both of us in, is quite special. He’s very proud.
“This is my first major Games for the national team and to play in front of a home crowd will be great,” said Jaspal.
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