Jalandhar, July 11, 2019: Prominent shooting star Gurpreet Singh, who is pursuing BA programme in Lovely Professional University, has been honoured with the prestigious Maharaja Ranjit Singh Award by Government of Punjab on 9th July 2019. The award, which included Rs 2 lakh cash, Trophy of Maharaja Ranjit Singh in armour atop a steed, Blazer and a Scroll, was conferred on 93 sports-persons of Punjab by the Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh.
A total of 81 players excelling in the sporting arena from 2011-2018 were selected for the award besides 12 other veteran players who had already been felicitated by the Union Government. In a major shift in the Sports Policy by Govt. of Punjab, it has been decided that the player from Punjab honoured with Padma Awards or Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award or Arjuna Award would automatically get selected for Maharaja Ranjit Singh Award.
This is pertinent to mention that Gurpreet Singh, an Olympian, was earlier honored with Arjuna Award in the year 2016 for his exemplary performance in Shooting. In his latest achievements, Gurpreet Singh has bagged gold medal in 25m Standard pistol event and Rapid Fire pistol team event, Silver in 25m Centre Fire team event and Bronze medal in 25m Centre Fire individual event during 19th Kumar Surendra Singh Memorial Shooting Championship 2019 held at the Dr Karni Singh Range, Tughlakabad.
Illustratively, many of the international and national level players in the fields of Shooting, Rowing, Hockey, Judo, Basketball and Para-cycling are fulfilling their higher education aspirations by continuing their studies in LPU.