New Delhi, Nov 16: Former India skipper Sandeep Singh on Friday donned new innings in his political career taking charge as new Sports Minster of Haryana.
The BJP candidate Sandeep in his debut election defeated Mandeep Singh Chattha of the Congress party by over 5300 votes in the state assembly elections of Haryana from Pehowa seat. He took oath as a Minister of the State on Thursday and was named new sports minister earlier on Friday.
Under his captaincy, the Indian team clinched the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in 2009 defeating hosts Malaysia - a feat India achieved after 13 years of wait. Sandeep is also a recipient of the Arjuna Award in 2010.
He made his international debut in 2004 at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup and his mercurial rise as India's ace drag flicker saw him ascend to the captain's role in 2009.
"Md Mushtaque Ahmad, President, Hockey India congratulated drag flicker on donning his new role as Sports Minister, and hoped he will improve the game at the grassroots and make Haryana a flourishing state in sports. We look forward to working with him to develop hockey in that region." (UNI)