May 18, 2019

Gurdial Singh: Hoopistani Indian Basketball Hall of Fame

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Continuing to honour some of the early basketball legends, today's addition to the Hoopistani Indian Basketball Hall of Fame is Gurdial Singh.

Gurdial Singh played for Team India in the 1960s, becoming a part of the first teams to take part in the FIBA Asia Championship. He was also a part of the successful Services side from the 50s - along with stars like Sarbjit Singh - that won a number of National Championships. In 1968, Gurdial Singh was honoured with the Arjuna Award in Basketball.

After he passed away, a memorial basketball tournament in his honour has been held regularly at the school where Singh used to train, in Gurdaspur (Punjab).

Click here for more of the Indian Basketball Hall of Fame.


  1. Karan,
    Apologize if this is the wrong place to post. I have been attending the Youth National Championships at Coimbatore. Why is there no website that carries updates of the scores of national events like this?

    Lot of good young talent for sure in this event, am sure a few will definitely make it big in future.

    1. Good question. The Basketball Federation of India's official website should be carrying all the scores from the nationals. But the BFI aren't very accountable and often forget to do so. You should check up their social accounts or the SM accounts of Ekalavyas for updates.

      I will be updating the final day's results on the blog.

    2. Thanks for your inputs Karan. It sucks - because even though there are some empty seats at the stadium, the few folks who came to watch were absolutely passionate fans of basketball.

      We had no idea about the next day's schedule, I pestered one of the officials and clicked a pic of the schedule in his hand. Other days not lucky at all.

      Haryana bt UP 96-93 in the boys QF - total firecracker of a game. Kerala-Punjab girls SF was another awesome game.
      Sahil(Har), Achintya(Kar), Hariharasudan(TN), Pranav(Ker) were solid talents among the boys while on the girls side, Harsimran Kaur(Pun), Mary Ann Zachariah(Ker) were top-notch. Going to be great final games today.

      Elsewhere in the city, I noticed an elderly gentleman in his 70s and recollected I had noticed him in the crowd. I introduced myself to him and asked him if he attended the semis, he prompted pulled out a diary from his bag and gave me the entire run-through of the day's games!

    3. Great stuff - thank you for your updates and for closely following the tournament. Until BFI gets its act together, it's gonna be a wild-goose chase in every tournament.

      I post a lot of updates on my social media pages too, so for future references, you'll be able to find more up-to-date scores there

  2. When will bfi get their act together