~Harkirat Singh Sokhi was honoured with the celebrated Hockey India President Award for Technical Official of the 12 months 2021~
New Delhi, twenty sixth September 2023: Hockey India on Tuesday mourned the passing of Technical Delegate and former FIH Worldwide Umpire, Harkirat Singh Sokhi, a stalwart on this planet of hockey officiating and a revered determine within the Indian hockey group. Harkirat Singh Sokhi, who started his illustrious journey in hockey officiating in 1996, died at this time in Asansol, West Bengal.
Harkirat Singh Sokhi was honoured with the celebrated Hockey India President Award for Technical Official of the 12 months 2021, in recognition of his excellent contributions to the development of hockey in India. His dedication to the game and his tireless efforts to raise its requirements have left an indelible mark on Indian hockey.
All through his distinguished profession, Sokhi officiated in quite a few All India Tournaments, leaving an enduring influence on the hockey fraternity. A few of the distinguished tournaments he lent his experience to incorporate third Marshal Arjan Singh Memorial Hockey Match 2022 in Chandigarh, 124th All India Beighton Cup Hockey Match, the 57th Nehru Senior Hockey Match (Males), Laxmi Ammal Memorial eleventh All India Hockey Match 2019 in Kovilpatti, Tamil Nadu, 93rd All India MCC Murugappa Gold Cup Hockey Match 2019 in Tamil Nadu, and the forty fourth G.S. Bains Liberal All India Hockey Match in Nabha, Punjab.
Notably, as a Technical Delegate, Harkirat Singh Sokhi’s contributions spanned 40 Senior Ladies’s matches, 207 Senior Males’s matches, 93 Underneath 21 Ladies’s matches, 16 Underneath 18 Ladies’s matches, 16 Underneath 18 Males’s matches, and 73 Underneath 17 Ladies’s matches. His unwavering dedication to the truthful and clean conduct of matches earned him the respect and admiration of gamers, coaches, and officers alike.
Sokhi’s dedication prolonged to his function as Match Director in numerous prestigious occasions, together with the eighth Hockey India Senior Males Nationwide Championship 2018, ninth Hockey India Junior Ladies Nationwide Championship 2019, tenth Hockey India Senior Males Nationwide Championship 2020 (A division), and the Khelo India College Video games 2020.
Hockey India President Padma Shri Dr. Dilip Kumar Tirkey expressed his condolences, saying, “We at Hockey India lengthen our deepest condolences to Harkirat Singh Sokhi’s household and associates throughout this troublesome time. His reminiscence will proceed to encourage generations of hockey fans, and his contribution to the game shall be remembered with utmost reverence.”
Hockey India Secretary Normal Shri Bhola Nath Singh added, “Harkirat Singh Sokhi was a real ambassador of the game. His contributions to hockey in India are immeasurable, and his ardour for the sport was contagious. We mourn the lack of a devoted official and a outstanding particular person.”