Nandy Singh at Polytechnic ground against Spain at London 1948 Olympic Games

Grahandan Singh


Grahanadan 'Nandy' Singh


Olympic Games







 London 1948 06.08.1948 Group A India 2 - Spain 0


 Helsinki 1952 20.07.1952 Semi-Final India 3 - Great Britain 1



Grahanandan ‘Nandy' Singh was born in Lyallpur (now Faisalabad in Pakistan) on 18 February 1926. He came into prominence in 1942 when he played for Government College, Lahore in the Punjab University Hockey Championships. He continued to represent the College team till 1946 and played for the University in 1944, 1945 and 1946.

He represented Punjab in the Nationals in 1944 and 1945 and Bengal in 1947 and 1948.

He represented India at the London 1948 and Helsinki 1952 Olympic Games as a player and at Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games as India's Hockey Team Manager.

Nandy, a centre forward, played for the Services from 1951 to 1955 and again in 1957 and 1958. He was the Services Captain in the National Championships 1958. He also played for Indian Navy.

He retired from the Navy in 1973 as Commander and took up Golf in retirement.

He was a former General Secretary of the Jawaharlal Nehru Hockey Tournament Society and was actively associated with the Society since 1980 when he took over as General Secretary and ran the popular annual series of five age group tournaments.

He was honoured with the prestigious ‘Dhyan Chand Award for Life time Achievement in Sports' by the then President of India, Dr A P J Abdul Kalam.

He died on 7 December 2014 at his residence in New Delhi, India . He was aged 88.