Roop Singh: Born, Height, Education, Siblings, Died

Roop Singh: Born, Height, Education, Siblings, Died
Written by Jon Snow



Full Name Roop Singh Bias
Profession (s) Former Professional Hockey Player

Physical Stats and More

Height (approx.) in centimeters: 178 cm
in meters: 1.78 m
in feet inches: 5 ft. 10 in.
Eye color Dark Brown
Body Type Athletic

Personal Information

Date Of Birth 1908, September 8
Zodiac Sign Leo
Date of death 2979, December 16
Place Of Birth Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, India
Nationality Indian
Complexion Brown
Ethnicity Indian
Mother Tongue Hindi
Sexual Orientation Straight

Family Information

Father Subedar Sameshwar Dutta Singh
Brother Dhyan Chand Singh
Children Twelve
Grand Son Uday Singh


Position Left in
Sports Career Indian National Hockey Team

Jhansi Heroes Hockey Cup

Olympic Appearance In the years 1932 (Los Angeles), 1936 (Berlin).
Olympic Event Men’s Hockey
Olympic Rank First
Olympic Medal Gold (1932), Gold (1936)
Statistics as a player of Indian National Hockey Team Total Goals Scored: 44

Lesser Known Facts about Roop Singh

  • Roop Singh was one of the most celebrated players of the Indian National Hockey Team. He had won gold medals while representing his country in the Olympic Games in the years of 1932 and 1936.
  • Roop Singh was the younger brother of Dhyan Singh, who was also known as Dhyan Chand Singh. The latter is loved and respected as one of the greatest hockey players the country has ever seen.
  • Roop Singh himself, like his brother, is considered to be one of the best hockey players of all time.
  • Roop Singh had scored three goals against the Olympic Team of Japan and ten goals against the Olympic Team of Los Angeles. These were known as the best goals of his whole sports career.
  • Roop Singh was also in the armed forces.
  • Roop Singh’s whole familiar was based in the city by the name of Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh.
  • His son’s name was Bhagat Singh, who was also known for playing hockey for the Indian National Team. He had also had a grandson named Uday Singh. Hockey seems to be in the blood of the family as the grandson was also a hockey player.
  • Roop Singh’s father, Subedar Sameshwar Dutt Singh was also in the army.
  • Roop Singh is considered as one of the best players produced by India to play in the inside left, or the left in position.
  • The stick work and hit of Roop Singh were so very powerful that it provided the Indian team with a much-needed advantage over the other teams. It helped the team a lot to win against the other teams. The penalty shot of Roop Singh was another one of the strengths of the Indian team.

Roop Singh

  • Roop Singh was what sports critics would consider as a complete hockey player.
  • Roop Singh’s brother, Dhyan Singh, had often had to warn him to be very careful with his shots since they were powerful enough to cause a serious injury to their fellow players as well as the spectators.
  • Dhyan Chand, who was also a notable figure of Indian Hockey, had once made a statement of Roop Singh, saying that he was the only inside left seen by him who was seen scoring goals successfully from the crosses that were sent by the outside left. He had also mentioned once how powerful Roop Singh’s penalty hits were.
  • Roop Singh was very concerned about his style and always made sure that he was dressed well. The dressing was so very important to him that even before the team was leaving for the 1932 Los Angeles Olympic Games, he had refused to go because he didn’t have the proper clothes for the occasion. His brother, Dhyan Chand had to go looking for some new and proper clothes so that he could finally convince his brother to join the team on their journey.
  • Roop Singh was one of those players who never once went against the decision of the umpire. There were never any arguments with the umpire on any umpiring decisions from his side.
  • Roop Singh had gone through very difficult times as well. He was in the armed forces of the great Maharaja Jiwajirao Scindia.
  • A stadium, that was originally a hockey stadium but later turned into a cricket stadium in the year 1988was named after Roop Singh, as the Captain Roop Singh Stadium to honor the player and his services towards Indian Hockey.
  • Following the Olympic Games f 1936 in Berlin, a street in Munich was also named after Roop Singh, in honor of his impressive performances.
  • Roop Singh was one of the three Indian Players, the others being Leslie Claudius and Dhyan Chand, to have the tube station named after them in London. These stations were renamed before the 2012 summer Olympics.
  • Roop Singh belonged to the Bais Rajputs. This was a clan of prosperous landowners and loved to dress and style lavishly. This might be an explanation for Roop Singh’s obsession with always being well dressed.
  • Dhyan Chand, who is also known as the father of hockey, was outplayed by his brother Roop Singh, in the Olympic Games of 1932.

Roop Singh

  • Stories are heard that after India defeated the hosts in the 1936 Olympic Games by a score of 8-1, the Fuhrer was so amazed as well as frustrated by the performance of Roop Singh’s Brother, Dhyan Singh, that he had invited the Indian Captain to his private box. It is also heard that the Fuhrer had invited the Indian Captain to join the German Army at a high Post which the Indian had refused.
  • Roop Singh was often overshadowed by the amazing player that his brother Dhyan Singh was. This was one of the reasons why even after having outscored his brother in the 1932 Olympics, he seems to have faded into the pages of History.
  • Dhyan Chand had been recorded saying that his brother Roop Singh was a better player than him. He believed with his heart that Roop Singh was one of the best players playing in the position of inside left forward of his time as he was also someone who could easily score goals from long range too. It was also said that the backhand shots and passes were pioneered by Roop Singh.
  • Roop Singh’s performance in the 1932 Olympic Games Los Angeles had led to many local media reporters referring to him as a “lion”.
  • In the 1936 Olympic Games Nazi Germany, India needed to top their group to reach the semi-finals. The final was against the team of Germany and the Indians had still not conceded a single goal in the whole tournament. Before the finals, they had defeated the Japanese, the USA, and the Hungarians by t 9-0, 7-0 and 4-0 respectively. The Germans had successfully held off the Indian until the 32nd minute. It was then that Roop Singh set out to take the field. Roop Singh had broken the deadlock making way for the Indians to score seven more goals against the Germans. Germans had only managed to score one goal and that was the only goal that the Indians had conceded in the whole tournament.
  • Unfortunately, Roop Singh did not have a successful and long career like his brother Dhyan Singh did as he had to fight during the Second World War.
  • Post-Independence, he had to take up menial jobs in order to support his family that consisted of twelve children.
  • It was due to poverty that the great Indian Hockey player Roop Singh passed away in the year 1977 at the age of only 69.

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