(Last Updated on : 11/11/2014)
Nripjit Singh Bedi, commonly known as "Nippy", is an Indian Volleyball Player
, who was the member of Indian National Team of Volleyball. Nripjit Singh Bedi was born in Dhariwal in the Gurdaspur District
Nripjit Singh Bedi was born on June 1st, 1940. He competed in the silver medal-winning effort at the 4th Asian Games. Nripjit Singh Bedi was the receiver of Arjuna Award from the Government of India in the year 1962.
The career of Nripjit Singh Bedi lasted for 23 years. Nripjit Singh Bedi served as a Commandant with the Border Security Force
(BSF) of Punjab before his 1992 retirement from Indian Army
Nripjit Singh Bedi played volleyball with Punjab University from 1956 to 1958 including 59 international test matches against opponents such as Romania, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Russia, Japan, South Korea, North Korea, the Philippines, Israel, Indonesia, France, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Nripjit Singh Bedi set a record for durability playing for Punjab state and the BSF teams for 21 years (1959 to 1979) in total.
Nripjit Singh Bedi competed at the 4th Asian Games in Jakarta, when the Indian national volleyball squad was a silver medallist and at the Asiad Games
in Bangkok (1966). In the following year, the Indian team won a bronze medal in Delhi (1963), prior to the Tokyo Olympics held in the latter half of 1964.
Nripjit Singh Bedi was awarded the Arjuna Award in the year 1962. He was the first awardee of Arjuna Award from Punjab state. He was also the first ever member of the Punjab Police and Border Security Force to be a recipient for achievements in volleyball. Over a decade later, Nripjit Singh Bedi was declared "Sportsman of the Year" by the Government of Punjab in the year 1974.
Nripjit Singh Bedi was also the receiver of the President's Police Medal for his commendable service in the year 1992. Later, Nripjit Singh Bedi was awarded the "Lifetime Achievement Award" by the Punjab Police Department, the latter given by the Chief Minister of Punjab in the year 2007.
Nripjit Singh Bedi was appointed as the Coach for the Indian Volleyball
Team and led them to the 1983 Asian Men's Volleyball Championship in Japan. Nripjit Singh Bedi was coached the Indian Police Team in the year 1967, 1974 and 1983 and filled the same position with the Border Security Force (BSF) team for a period of 15 years.
Nripjit Singh Bedi trained many volleyball players who represented India, including Balwant Singh "Ballu". Nripjit Singh Bedi was a member of the Sports Council of India, a Sports Authority of India (SAI) selector and President of the DVA.