|Full Name||Zafar Iqbal|
|Nickname (s)||Not Known|
|Profession (s)||Professional field hockey Player|
Physical Stats and More
|Height (approx.)||in centimetres: 172 cm|
|in meters: 1.72 m|
|in feet inches: 5 ft 7.5 in|
|Weight (approx.)||in kilogram: 65 kg|
|in pounds: 143 lbs.|
|Date of Birth||June 20, 1956|
|Day of Birth||Wednesday|
|Place of Birth||Uttar Pradesh, India|
|Father||Professor Mohammed Shahabuddin Ahmed|
|Children||Yasir Iqbal (son), Samia Iqbal (daughter)|
|Education (High School)||S.T.S High School (Minto Circle)|
|University||Zakir Hussain College of Engineering and Technology, AMU|
|Educational Qualification||Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering|
|Career||Professional hockey player|
|First Game||Vs Holland, 1977|
|His achievement with Australian Stream||
2018 – Padmashri Award
|Awards and Honours||
|Total worth||Not Known|
|Zafar Iqbal Quotes||“My father never stopped me from playing sports, but he was quite strict when it came to studies as well. He knew there were fame and popularity in sport; money, not so much, and so wanted us to be self-sufficient enough to manage our lives even after our sporting days were over. I am glad I listened to him.”|
Lesser Known Facts about Zafar Iqbal
- Zafar Iqbal, one of the great hockey players of India was born on the 20th of June, in the year 1956. He was not only one of the best hockey players, but he had also captained the national hockey team of India.
- Zafar Iqbal was a professional Indian hockey player. He was a talented left-winger who would set up the legendary Mohammed Shahid for his stylish goals.
- He was brought up in an erudite family of the AMU. He has a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the Zakir Hussain College of Engineering and Technology, AMU.
- He had a strong realization that the sport would always be his passion, but not something that would help him lead a life of comfort in the long run.
- Zafar Iqbal did not lack resources or an atmosphere of learning at home. Today, he’s surrounded by books on history that he enjoys, and has read the texts of all the major religions, including the four Vedas.
- He made his national debut in 1977 and got his degree in 1978. The same year he joined Indian Airlines. He had job offers from the Indian Railways and Uttar Pradesh State Electricity Board, but his father advised him to join the airlines, saying that he might not get immediate rewards but would surely be successful in the future. His father was right when Zafar Iqbal was finally appointed ED.
- Ever since the first time that he played for the national team in the year 1977, the contribution made by Zafar Iqbal towards the growth of the Indian National Hockey Team can only be described as invaluable.
- The first-ever national match that Zafar Iqbal played was against the national hockey team of Holland. He has also won his first-ever national hockey match for the Indian team against Holland.
- He stresses upon the adoption of modern innovations like sports physiology and psychology in Indian sports administration.
- Zafar Iqbal tried to push his teammates to have a life outside the sport. He used to tell them to continue with their studies and office work after active sports because not everyone can be a coach or administrator.
- In 1977 he moved to Delhi and decided to make it his home. For him, coming from a small town like Aligarh, Delhi was this huge, fast place where everything was big and far.
- In the Asian Games in the year, 1978 held in Bangkok Zafar Iqbal was selected in the team and in the very next Asian Games tournament held in Delhi in the year 1982, Zafar was also elected as the one to captain the team to victory. In both the tournaments, Zafar had led the team to the second position and won a silver medal for our country.
- It was around the year 1980, that Zafar Iqbal had gained the love of the hockey lovers with the help of his amazing skills. His illustrious career received the glorious crown that it deserved after the year 1980. In 1980, Zafar Iqbal represented India in the Olympic Games held in Moscow. After a very long break, it was Zafar Iqbal that had finally bought a gold medal home for the hockey team. Apart from this, at the Olympic Games held in Los Angeles in the year 1984, it was Zafar Iqbal who had he had also enjoyed the nobility of carrying the Indian Tricolour of the Indian Squad at the Opening of the Ceremony.
- Zafar Iqbal had also added to his name the honor of winning a silver medal for our country in the year 1982 at the Champion’s Trophy held in Holland. Apart from this, he had won numerous other tournaments against the countries named Malaysia, Pakistan, New Zealand, Australia, West Germany, and numerous other European nations.
- He was named the captain of the Indian hockey squad in various international events, among them being Asian Games (1982), Champions Trophy (1983), and the Summer Olympics (1984).
- The first vehicle he owned was a bicycle that was presented to the Indian hockey team in 1980 for winning the Olympic gold in Moscow. Later, in the same year, he bought a scooter.
- Zafar Iqbal was born and brought up in a very well educated and scholarly family. His father, named Professor Mohammed Shahabuddin Ahmed was a very learned man and served as the Chairman of the Chemistry Department at the University.
- After finishing his schooling from the S. T. S. High School, in Minto Circle, Zafar Iqbal had gone on to complete the course and earn a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the Zakir Hussain College of Engineering and Technology, AMU. After finishing college and earning his degree, he had then gone on to take the Indian hockey team to its very high point of glory and distinction.
- In the year 1985, at the age of 29, Zafar Iqbal married the daughter of a family friend of his named Fauzia Saleem. Both of them have two children together who are known by the names of Samia Iqbal and Yasir Iqbal.
- After Zafar Iqbal had taken retirement from playing field hockey, he had taken up the job of coaching as the Chief National Coach, National Selector as well as the head coach of the Indian National Hockey Team.
- The team, which Zafar Iqbal had coached during the Asian Games of the year 1994 held in Hiroshima, had won the silver medal in the mentioned competition.
- Zafar Iqbal is one such personality who strongly believes in the values of camaraderie, team spirit, hard work, and symbiotic partnership among the team members. He puts stress and importance on the acceptance of contemporary improvements like sports psychology and physiology in the Indian sports administration. He also strictly considers that universities are the best places to search for new talents, improving them to characterize the country. Zafar has also contributed over and over again to AMU, making it a cultivating ground for promising talent.
- His phenomenal video game as “Overlooked” in the Indian blue jacket with the number 11 embossed at the back is a marvelous part of the history of Indian Hockey
- He lamented the seeping of politics in all domains of life and said that sports were an area that had so far remained immune from politicization. He strongly believed that without unity, teams cannot win. Players should not think of their religion or caste but only the country and that’s why the team continues to win.
- As a member of the governing body of the Sports Authority of India, as well as a consultant with the University Grants Commission in the sports curriculum committee, he has stayed in touch with sports administration, pushing the agenda of games as an essential part of the personality development.
- Iqbal is a member of two golf courses in NCR – Army Golf Club and the Noida Golf Course. He also visits the one at Hindon. When he is in Chennai to visit his son, Yasir, an assistant professor of physics at IIT, he still managed to find people who would help him play his daily round, at the Cosmopolitan Club.
- Iqbal’s major commitment through the day now is to golf. I started learning golf a few years before retiring. He wakes up around 4.30 in the morning and from 5.15 to 11.30-12, he is at the golf course.
- Zafar Iqbal is also very justly known as the ‘Gentleman of Hockey’, as he is often called by the print and media industry of the country.
- The Indian Administration had also conferred Zafar Iqbal the highest honor in the country for the best sportsmen here. Zafar had received the Arjuna Award in the year 1983.
- In the year 2012, he was also honored with the Padma Shri Award given to him by the honorable President of India of that time. This award was given to him for his invaluable services.
- The U.P. Government had also honored him by giving him the highest citizen award of the state, ‘Yash Bharti’ in the year 1994.
- Zafar Iqbal was also felicitated by ‘Hockey India’ at the ‘Golden Greats’ platform in conjunction with 34 other Olympic Gold Medallists in the year 2012.
- In acknowledgment of his crucial services to the country, Aligarh Nagar Nigam has befittingly termed a street after him and in the year 2013, in admiration of his pledge to the revitalization of hockey at AMU, the academy offered him with the D.Litt. Honoris Causa at its 60th Annual Convocation.