Hockey India awards: Hardik Singh, Savita Punia named Gamers of the 12 months

Hardik Singh poses with the Participant of the 12 months award.

New Delhi: Midfielder Hardik Singh and goalkeeper Savita Punia had been on Friday conferred with the lads’s and girls’s Indian ‘Hockey Participant of the 12 months’ awards at a glittering ceremony in New Delhi.

The 24-year-old Hardik beat his illustrious senior gamers like Manpreet Singh and Harmanpreet Singh to win the coveted award for 2022 named after hockey legend Balbir Singh senior on the fifth Hockey India Annual Awards.

Hardik was essentially the most spectacular participant for India within the FIH World Cup held in Odisha in January earlier than he was dominated out of the match as a result of a hamstring damage he suffered in the course of the second group match towards England.

Hockey India awards Hardik Singh Savita Punia named Players of the Year
Savita Punia poses with the Participant of the 12 months award.

He had scored a aim in India’s 2-0 win over Spain within the first match. India had made a shock exit from the World after shedding to Spain within the pre-quarterfinals.

Savita had led India to the FIH Ladies’s Nation’s Cup title in December final 12 months to e book a berth within the Ladies’s Professional League.

Each Hardik and Savita obtained Rs 25 lakh every, together with a trophy. The overall prize cash for the wards was in extra of Rs 2.7 crore.

“It’s been a implausible 12 months, and it feels nice to be recognised for my efforts,” Hardik stated.

“I imagine we had a curler coaster 12 months as a workforce, and there are gamers who’ve achieved exceptionally nicely this 12 months as nicely. I actually really feel that I’m accepting this honour on behalf of all the workforce.”

“To be sincere, I’m speechless; it is a great honour. We carried out admirably as a workforce, and profitable the inaugural FIH Ladies’s Nations Cup was a watershed second for all of us,” Savita stated.

Hockey India additionally gave away awards for 2021 because it couldn’t be held as a result of post-COVID-19 difficulties.

Member of the 1964 Olympics gold-winning workforce, Gurbux Singh gained the celebrated Hockey India Main Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award for 2022 for his excellent contribution to the game of hockey.

The award carries Rs 30 lakh and a trophy.

Joint captain of the bronze-winning Indian workforce on the 1968 Mexico Olympics, Gurbax additionally led the nationwide workforce to gold medal on the 1966 Asian Video games.

Amit Singh Bakshi, who was a part of the Indian workforce that gained the gold medal on the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, obtained the corresponding award for 2021.

Present nationwide workforce captain Harmanpreet was named the very best defender for 2022.

Savita additionally gained the ladies’s participant of the 12 months 2021 award whereas Harmanpreet was named within the males’s corresponding class.

Krishan B Pathak was named the very best goalkeeper for 2022 whereas Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam of the ladies’s nationwide workforce was conferred with the very best midfielder award.

Hockey India Dhanraj Pillay Award for Ahead of the 12 months 2022 was given to Vandana Katariya of the ladies’s nationwide workforce.

Every of them pocketed Rs 5 lakh, together with a trophy.

Mumtaz Khan gained the Asunta Lakra Award for upcoming girls’s participant of the 12 months for 2022 whereas the lads’s corresponding honour within the title Jugraj Singh was obtained by Uttam Singh

In the meantime, the Indian girls’s workforce that gained gold on the FIH Ladies’s Nations Cup in Spain in December final was additionally felicitated in the course of the ceremony with every participant profitable Rs 2 lakh whereas the teaching employees was introduced with Rs 1 Lakh every.

Additionally, the Indian junior males’s workforce that gained gold on the Sultan of Johor Cup 2022 was additionally felicitated with every participant incomes Rs 2.00 lakh every and the teaching employees receiving Rs 1.00 lakh every.

Union Regulation Minister Kiren Rijiju was among the many dignitaries who gave away the awards within the early a part of the operate. Union Sports activities Minister Anurag Thakur in addition to Agriculture Minister Narendra Tomar introduced the awards to the gamers later within the day.

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