Bindi Kullar has field hockey in his blood. His father Paul played on the
Canadian national team for a couple of years in the early '70's, and
introduced his son to the sport. But Kullar's connection to field hockey
runs much deeper than that. His father's hometown of Sansarpur, India is a
big field hockey town. Players from Sansarpur have been members of so many
Olympic gold medal teams, that the town boasts the highest number of gold
medal wins per capita in the sport. The town itself was even profiled in
Sports Illustrated in a lead up issue to the 1996 Games for precisely this
"They have a room there where they have photos of all the Olympic field
hockey players who have come from the town," Kullar said. "My uncle was
just there recently, and they had just put up my picture. I can't wait to
get back there and see it myself."
Though he has already achieved one of his sporting goals by qualifying for
the Olympics, he now has his sights set on an Olympic medal. Like many of
his teammates, Kullar feels that the notoriety the squad received versus
Malaysia at the 1998 Commonwealth Games was blown out of proportion, but it
did ultimately bring some much deserved attention to the sport. "It really
pulled the team together," Bindi recalls, "the media attention wasn't good
at first, but in the end it's been good for us."
Outside of his sport Kullar attends B.C.I.T. in Burnaby, B.C. in civil and
structural engineering. He confesses that with Canada's heavy
competition schedule over the past year, it has been tough to maintain a
balance. But the time and effort has been worth it, and he is now poised
to fulfill a dream he's had since he started playing at the age of eight.
And with any luck, he'll take his spot on that long list of names in
Sept. 30: Canada lost 3-0 to Spain, finished in 10th place overall.
Sept. 28: Men: Canada def. Poland 3-2 in classification game, advancing to ninth-place playoff against Spain.
Sept. 26: Men: Canada tied Malaysia 1-1 to finish with 0-2-3 record in Pool A round-robin play.
Sept. 24: Canada tied Britain 1-1, putting the Canadians at 0-2-2 in Pool A.
Sept. 20: Canada lost 5-2 to the Netherlands, dropping to 0-2-1 in Pool A round-robin play.
Sept. 20: Canada lost 2-1 to Germany, dropping to 0-1-1 in Pool A round-robin play.
Sept. 16: Canada tied Pakistan 2-2 in preliminary round game.
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