Gurjit converted penalty corner, father misses it as he performs sewa at Anandpur Sahib

Gurjit Kaur, the lone dragflicker in the Indian team at Tokyo, hails from Miadi Kalan village near Ajnala

Gurjit converted penalty corner, father misses it as he performs sewa at Anandpur Sahib

Gurjit Kaur of India celebrates after scoring. Reuters

Gaurav Kanthwal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 2

Dragflicker Gurjit Kaur’s father Satnam Singh could not see the winning goal scored by his daughter in the Indian women’s hockey team’s historic win in the quarterfinals of the Tokyo Olympics on Monday as he was performing service (sewa) at Anandpur Sahib.

“It was getting late for food (parshada) and there were lots of devotees to attend to. I wanted to see the match but... Later, phone calls started ringing. My mother, brother, wife Harjinder Kaur and children called me to inform that Gurjit converted a penalty corner in India’s win. Guru Maharaj di kirpa hai.”

A farmer and an avid hockey lover, Satnam Singh, who raised his daughter to be an Indian hockey team player since childhood said he has watched Indian women’s team’s previous matches but missed today’s match.

It has been long since he talked to his daughter.

“I came here yesterday evening, probably I will return today evening,” he added.

Gurjit Kaur, the lone dragflicker in the Indian team at Tokyo, hails from Miadi Kalan village near Ajnala. She did her early schooling in Government Senior Secondary School, Kairon, a noted girls’ hockey hub, in Tarn Taran.

Later, she trained at Lyallpur Khalsa College, Jalandhar, and trained under coach Parminder Kaur before making it to the national camp.

 

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