Varun Kumar, who is a part of the Indian men’s hockey team that created history by winning an Olympic medal after 41 years, comes from a humble background. He is a resident of Osal Panchayat in the Dalhousie area of the Chamba district in Himachal Pradesh. Varun’s father is a truck driver, who earns a living by driving a truck in Mithapur village in Jalandhar, Punjab.
Varun completed his education in Jalandhar. He is currently serving in Bharat Petroleum in Noida, Uttar Pradesh. His company also congratulated him on Indian hockey team’s historic win.
Thank You #MenInBlues for bringing Indian Hockey glory back! Congratulations to #TeamIndia and Our Hockey sensations #VarunKumar #VivekSagarPrasad #BirendraLakra #HarmanpreetSingh #LalitUpadhyay pic.twitter.com/0FODl5jaYQ— Bharat Petroleum (@BPCLimited) August 5, 2021
Varun plays as a defender in the team. He made his debut in the Indian men’s hockey team in 2011. He was a part of the Indian squad that won a gold medal in the Asia Cup 2017 and the Silver medal in Champions Trophy 2018.
Now, the Himachal Pradesh government has announced that Varun will be awarded Rs 75 lakh for his performance in Tokyo Olympics 2020.
Himachal Pradesh's native & hockey player Varun Kumar, among the Indian Olympic hockey winners, will be awarded Rs 75 lakhs, the State government announced.— ANI (@ANI) August 5, 2021
Dalhousie MLA Asha Kumari has congratulated Varun and the Indian men’s hockey team. Asha Kumari has also demanded that Varun should be given a government job.
Varun Kumar gave his best to help India in defeating Argentina to seal the quarterfinal berth.
Varun Kumar landed on the scoresheet with a powerful drag flick to give #IND the lead in their 3-1 win over defending champions, #ARG#Tokyo2020 | #StrongerTogether | #UnitedByEmotion | #Hockey | @varunhockey pic.twitter.com/r9gjnGI5aD— #Tokyo2020 for India (@Tokyo2020hi) July 29, 2021
In 1964, India men’s hockey team won the gold medal in Summer Olympics in Tokyo under the leadership of Padma Shri Charanjit Singh of Una district of Himachal Pradesh. Charanjit was the captain of that Indian team at that time. He also expressed happiness over India’s victory in Tokyo Olympics 2020.
Indian men’s hockey team scripted history on Thursday by defeating Germany 5-4 in the bronze medal match in Tokyo Olympics 2020. The team celebrated their medal victory in the Olympics after 41 years.