Tribune News Service
Jalandhar, December 16
After an eight-year courtship, the wedding bells finally rang for Indian hockey team captain Manpreet Singh (28) and his Malaysian girlfriend Illi Najwa Saddique (27).
The wedding took place on Wednesday in a gurdwara to Guru Teg Bahadur Nagar. It was followed by lunch for around 60-70 guests at the Mithapur village, a native of Manpreet.
Manpreet wore a Punjabi wedding dress complete with turban, while Illi wore a Punjabi bridal costume.
Sharing his love story, Manpreet said: “We met in 2012 when I went to Malaysia for the Sultan of Johor Cup. He was among the spectators. We had a brief interaction and was carried away by her charm. I managed to get her phone number and stayed in touch. We got engaged in February 2014 “.
When asked if Illi would return to Malaysia, he said: “He will stay here with my family. She is getting used to the Punjabi culture and is already fond of it. We gave her a Punjabi name, Navpreet Kaur. “
The family of the bride born in Malaysia is from Pakistan. Illi worked at a private university in Malaysia.
The couple had reportedly scheduled the wedding earlier this year, but travel restrictions due to the pandemic forced them to postpone their plan.
“We followed all Covid-related guidelines and invited a limited number of guests. I am a bit disappointed that I was unable to invite my entire team, “said Manpreet.
Jalandhar Cantonment MLA Pargat Singh was among the guests.
A university employee
- Illi Najwa’s family, born in Malaysia, hails from Pakistan
- Prior to her marriage, Illi worked at a private university
- The couple met in Malaysia in 2012 when Manpreet went there for a tournament