S.H. Paolo Bonomi H.C. 1973. Rajwinder Singh is standing, second from left

Italy

 
 

Sikhs in Hockey in Italy


Inder Singh, the Indian Olympic player, settled in Italy following the Mexico City 1968 Olympic Games.

He played for the MDA Club in Rome and started coaching, both the Club team and the Italian Junior team.

He later settled in Bra, near Torino and joined Hockey Lorenzonic Bra, one of the premier first division Clubs in Italy. The Club was started by Agasto Lovenzini, manager of the Italian Athletic squad at the Rome 1960 Olympic Games.

Lovenzini was mesmerised by the Indian team's performance at the Rome Olympics and started the club to promote hockey in Italy.

Inder settled down as a player - coach in Bra and later became the President of the Club.

Another Indian international, Rajwinder Singh, who represented India at the first World Cup in Barcelona, Spain in 1971 was invited by Paolo Bonomi from the Italian Hockey Federation to play for his club in Italy - Geo Gomma which later became known as Paolo Bononi. Rajwinder won four Italian National Championships, three Italian Cups, three Italian Indoor Championships and was five times the National Italian Leagues top scorer.

Kulwant Singh who represented India at Munich 1972 Olympic Games also went and settled in Italy.