Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Darshan Singh Gill, the prime mover for the construction of the 1st Velodrome in Malaysia, posing in front of Velodrome Rakyat, Ipoh
Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Darshan Singh Gill with the Malaysian Contigent during 1988 Seoul Olympic Games. Also in picture is YAM Tunku Tan Sri Imran
Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Darshan Singh Gill, President of MNCF introducing a cyclist to Dato' Sri Najib Tun Razak, Sports Minister of Malaysia in 1988
Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Darshan Singh Gill
Year Inducted: 2009
Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Darshan Singh Gill is a name synonymous to cycling. Over the past 33 years from a humble beginning as President of Perak Cycling Association, and thereafter moving to become the President of Malaysian National Cycling Federation (MNCF), Tan Sri Darshan is the first Malaysian to move up to become the President of the Asian Cycling Confederation (ACC) and also Member of the Management Board of International Cycling Union (UCI) – the World governing body.
Tan Sri Darshan Singh will be remembered for being the prime mover of the first Velodrome in the country, called Velodrome Rakyat built in Ipoh. This project was unique because he successfully raised RM 3.25 million by way of public donations. He is best known in Malaysia as the 'Father' of Velodrome Rakyat, the first and only velodrome in Malaysia to be initiated and funded by the public for the people of Ipoh and Malaysia.
During his involvement with cycling for over 3 decades, he has organized numerous International cycling events in Malaysia and in particular, the World Cycling Championships B 1997, the Track World Cup finals 2000 and 2001, the Asian Cycling Championships 1993 and a string of Track Asia Cup at Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur.
Tan Sri Darshan Singh has also represented the country, as an official, at several Regional and International events, both in cycling and also in athletics. He was the Manger of the Malaysian Athletics Team to the Delhi Asian Games in 1982 and was also the Vice President of MAAU, at that time.
Among the several sports awards presented to Tan Sri Darshan Singh are the 1st Timesports Man of the Year 1988 and the National Leadership Award in 2001.
In total, he had contributed over 30 years of dedicated and devoted voluntary service to the sport of Cycling.
Tan Sri Darshan Singh, a former Magistrate and presently a practicing lawyer, is also a national community leader being involved with several national NGO’s and is the President of Malaysia National Sikhs Movement (GERAKSIKH).
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