Ajmer Singh

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For Indian sprinter, see Ajmer Singh (athlete).

Ajmer Singh (born 1953) is an Indian basketball player who was awarded the country's highest sporting honor, the Arjuna Award, in 1982. He represented the country in the Asian Basketball Championships[citation needed] and in the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.

Ajmer Singh scoring a layup

According the The Hindu, Singh was "a rough and tough player and his sole aim was to score as many baskets as possible. A dedicated man, he was remarkable for his appetite for baskets. As a result, he emerged as one of the top 10 shooters in the 1980 Moscow Olympics."[1][dead link]

Background[edit]

Ajmer Singh Chopra was born at Rukanpur village, near Uchana in the Karnal district of Haryana. He joined Haryana Police after his education and started practicing volleyball. At 6 feet 5 inches (1.96 m) tall, it was thought[weasel words] that he could be a good player. Just when he started getting serious about volleyball, the local basketball coach called him over one day.[why?]

Sporting career[edit]

Ajmer Singh in a photo as head coach Indian Railways

Singh moved to Kota, which had a tradition in basketball. He played for the Rajasthan[clarification needed] team and later moved to the Indian Railways team. The high point of his career was the Moscow Olympics where his performance was rated highly.[citation needed] His average per game at the 1980 Olympics was 21 points, with the next best scorer from the Indian team, Radhey Shyam, averaging 14 points. Singh scored nearly a third of India's points in the competition.[2]

Post-retirement[edit]

He has been contributing to the game as a coach of Indian Railways after his retirement from regular competition in 1990. He aims to come back to his native state of Haryana and start a basketball Academy after his retirement from Indian Railways.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hoopster on a new high". The Hindu. 21 November 2002. 
  2. ^ "1980 Olympic Games Tournament for Men". FIBA. Retrieved 2011-11-12.