During the London Olympics in 2012, Singh was honored in the Olympic Museum exhibition, “The Olympic Journey: The Story of the Games” held at the Royal Opera House. He was one of the 16 iconic Olympians chosen whose stories served as an example of the values of the Olympic Movement.
Balbir Singh is regarded as one of the greatest hockey players of all time, a modern-day Dhyan Chand. Dhyan Chand was often referred to as The Wizard or The Magician of hockey for his superb ball control.
There is a depiction of a hockey-like game in Ancient Greece, dating to c. 510 BC, when the game may have been called Kerētízein because it was played with a horn (kéras, in Ancient Greek) and a ball.