Balwant Singh [1945 – 2010] a.k.a “Ballu” was an Indian volleyball player. He was the star player of Indian men’s national volleyball team. He has a son who also plays for the Indian national volleyball team. Singh was a tall man, with a height of 6 feet 6 inches (1.98m). He also has big hands and feet. He joined the BSF (Border Security Force) which is known for producing outstanding volleyball players.
He brought success to the Punjab team at the national level from the mid-1960s to 1970s. He was awarded the Arjuna award for his accomplishments and contribution to the sport in 1972. He also played in the Asian Games for India during 1970, 1974 and 1978.
He played his first match in the year 1965 and continued to play till 1988. Between 1968 to 1981, he played a key role in helping Punjab to lift 10 championship trophies. He also participated in the police games representing the BSF (Border Security Force) from 1966 to 1990. He also had a training academy at Kaul. Later, a stadium was re-named after him and the Kaul village panchayat also organised Balwant Singh Memorial Tournament after his death in November 2010.
He also rendered coaching services to players who compete in the college level. One of the colleges has built a magnificent volleyball stadium in the name of Balwant Singh. Apart from organizing district and state championships, the college organizes Balwant Singh Ballu Memorial Tournament every year which takes place between India's top eight teams comprising of all international players.
Our nation has produced some brilliant sports players in the past, but they got vanished in the history pages. Let’s spread awareness about these unsung legends and the ones who are in the making of such players.