My first Gurdwara Cup in 1967

Former Malaysian national tennis champion Kuldip Singh recalls his first exposure to Gurdwara Cup in 1967. Was alcohol consumed during the hoCkey games? Asia Samachar posed the question

| Opinion | Malaysia | 1 July 2016 | Asia Samachar |
Former Malaysian national tennis champ Kuldip Singh - PHOTO / ASIA SAMACHAR
Former Malaysian national tennis champ Kuldip Singh – PHOTO / ASIA SAMACHAR

My first Gurdwara Cup was in 1967 in Kuala Lumpur. I was 12. I was a reserve player for the Kelantan Sikhs hockey team. We stayed in Tatt Khalsa. It was wonderful. When you stay in gurdwara, alcohol is surely out of the question.

In the second year, I got to play. I believe it was in Ipoh. Kelantan barely had enough players to make up a team. Half the Kelantan team were made up of students.

Kelantan first sent a hockey team to Gurdwara Cup in 1965 when Singapore hosted the games. The next year, they went to Penang.

I remember seeing top international players like Singapore’s Kartar Singh, Selangor’s Harnail Singh and Kuldip Singh, Perak centre half Satvinder Singh, Malacca’s Dr Mahinder Singh and his elder brother Dr Parim Singh Marne (now a medical specialist in Seremban). They were our inspiration. [Name corrected].

This led me to play for Kelantan U-20 in 1970. I was 15 then. When I moved to Penang, I played for Penang Schools U-16. We were runners-up in a national tournament.

Later, I became too involved in national level tennis. I didn’t get a chance to participate in the Gurdwara Cup.

I don’t recall anything about alcohol. My father, Durbara Singh, was the team manager. He was a strict person. He was the headmaster of Sultan Ismail Primary School (1) in Kota Bharu, Kelantan. We had just enough money, and just enough players, so we stayed in the Gurdwara. So, no alcohol.

Gurdwara Cup is one additional national tournament for our young players. The more they play at higher levels, they better they get. Hence, tournaments like the Gurdwara Cup has a role.

(Kuldip Singh s/o Durbara, former Malaysian national tennis champion, is still very much involved in sporting matters. He is now 61)

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  1. Hello Ji. I will appreciate if someone could put me in touch with Kuldip Singh ji. We were together in Methodist Boys School in Penang. Thank you. My email is

  2. With more professionals and better incomes and large amounts of funds have the Sikhs progressed morally or has material luxuries become the new culture? Let us get back to our roots and make sporting and other cultural events for the next generation to follow with pride.