KPS Gill, the man who was at the helm of Indian Hockey for 14 years breathed his last on Friday, 1st Feb 2018. Gill’s 14-year reign extended from 1994 to 2008 when the body was suspended indefinitely. During the period when he was the chief he saw Indian hockey rise to new heights but there were a few controversies also.
Some of the high points of his tenure was the gold medal at the 1998 Asian Games. Indian team clinched Asia Cup for the first time in 2003. He was the man behind India’s premier Hockey League tournament that ran for four years from 2005 to 2008. One of the biggest low points of his career as an administrator was in 2008 when India failed to qualify for the Olympics. It was the first time since 1928 that the Indian team failed to qualify for the event that is staged every four years.