New Delhi, 08 March 2020: The much awaited Hockey India 3rd Annual Awards 2019 took place here in the capital city on Sunday which saw the National Federation celebrate the best hockey players and former greats of the game from India, in what was a glittering evening.
Mr. Harbinder Singh won the prestigious Hockey India Major Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award 2019, while Manpreet Singh and Rani won the Hockey India Dhruv Batra Player of the Year Award 2019 for Men and Women respectively, at the Hockey India 3rd Annual Awards 2019. This year, the total prize money was in excess of INR 1.64 Crore.
Opening the Awards ceremony, Mohd Mushtaque Ahmad, President, Hockey India, welcomed the guests and the players. “Hockey India has one clear mission, to provide the best infrastructure and environment to ensure our athletes prosper and reach their full potential. We have, over the years, worked tirelessly to achieve this, and the proof of success lies in our players and their stellar performances. I am happy to say our national teams have had a great 2019 which saw them achieve success against some of the best teams from across the world, and also saw them qualify for the Tokyo Olympics 2020. I would like to congratulate all the players, coaches and support staff present here today for their vision, passion, and the sheer hardwork they put in every day,” said Mohd Mushtaque Ahmad in his welcome address.
The first set of awards marking important milestone in the careers of players began the proceedings. The Milestone Awards were presented to Deep Grace Ekka, Kothajit Singh Khadangbam and Savita for completing 200 International Caps for India, with a cheque of INR 1.00 Lakh each plus a trophy presented to the three players.
Harmanpreet Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay and Nikki Pradhan were awarded for turning out in Team India colours for the 100th time and were all presented with a cheque of INR 50,000 each and a trophy.
The second set of awards were given in recognition of Individual Achievements of the players. Indian Men’s Hockey Team Captain Manpreet Singh was given a cash award of INR 10.00 Lakhs for winning the FIH Men’s Player of the Year 2019, while youngsters Vivek Sagar Prasad and Lalremsiami received a cash award of INR 5.00 Lakhs for winning the FIH Rising Star of the Year 2019 Awards in the Men’s and Women’s categories respectively.
Indian Women’s Hockey Team Captain Rani was also awarded with a cash prize of INR 10.00 Lakhs for winning the prestigious World Games Athlete of the Year 2019.
In the second part of the Hockey India 3rd Annual Awards 2019 function, players who have excelled in the year 2019 were recognised. The winners of the 11 Annual Awards were:
- Hockey India President’s Award for Outstanding Achievement 2019 to Department of Sports & Youth Services, Government of Odisha,
- Hockey India Jaman Lal Sharma Award for Invaluable Contribution 2019 to Sports Authority of India,
- Hockey India Baljit Singh Award for Goalkeeper of the Year 2019 to Mr. Krishan B. Pathak,
- Hockey India Pargat Singh Award for Defender of the Year 2019 to Mr. Harmanpreet Singh,
- Hockey India Ajit Pal Singh Award for Midfielder of the Year 2019 to Ms. Neha Goyal,
- Hockey India Dhanraj Pillay Award for Forward of the Year 2019 to Mr. Mandeep Singh.
Each of the above individual awards carried a cash prize of INR 5.00 Lakhs besides a glittering trophy.
Apart from this, the following awards were also presented:
- Hockey India Asunta Lakra Award for Upcoming Player of the Year 2019 (Women – Under 21) was presented to Ms. Lalremsiami,
- Hockey India Jugraj Singh Award for Upcoming Player of the Year 2019 (Men – Under 21) was presented to Mr. Vivek Sagar Prasad.
Each of the above two players received a cash prize of INR 10.00 Lakhs and a trophy.
The day came to a climactic finish with the presentation of the most eagerly-awaited Hockey India Dhruv Batra Player of the Year Awards for Men and Women, and the Major Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award.
Dr Narinder Dhruv Batra, President, International Hockey Federation (FIH), President, Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and Member, International Olympic Committee (IOC) spoke before awarding the winners, “I would like to congratulate Hockey India for their continued efforts of raising the bar for Indian Hockey to the highest of standards. Hockey has always been a very important part of India’s sporting history, and I am delighted to see that the game still has a high following in our country across states and regions. I am really proud of the players of the Indian Men’s and Women’s Hockey teams, who have consistently been performing for the country. Today is a day when we salute your hard work and efforts, and I congratulate all the winners in advance for putting in exceptional performances last year.”
It was Mr. Manpreet Singh and Ms. Rani who walked up to a thunderous applause to collect the Hockey India Dhruv Batra Player of the Year 2019 for Men and Women respectively. The winners of the most prestigious player’s awards for 2019 walked off the stage with a glittering trophy and a cash prize of INR 25.00 Lakhs each.
The final award for the day, the Hockey India Major Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award 2019, carrying a cash prize of INR 30.00 Lakhs and a trophy, was given to Mr. Harbinder Singh for his outstanding contribution to the sport of hockey.
Mr. Harbinder Singh debuted in the Indian Hockey Team in 1961 at the age of 18 years and has an illustrious career in hockey that includes;
- Winning the Gold Medal at 1964 Tokyo Olympics
- Winning the Bronze Medal at 1968 Mexico City Olympics
- Winning the Bronze Medal at 1972 Munich Olympics
- Winning the Gold Medal at 1966 Bangkok Asian Games
Mr. Singh has close to 60 years association with the sport of Hockey and continues to play an active role in Hockey off the field which includes;
- Chairman - Hockey India Masters Committee
- Member - Hockey India Selection Committee
- Member - Hockey India High Performance & Development Committee
- Member - Hockey India Disciplinary Committee
- Member - Hockey India Ethics Committee
“I am extremely happy and humbled to be receiving this Award which carries Major Dhyan Chand’s name. Hockey has always been my life, and I continue to live it each day with pride and passion. I am thankful to Hockey India and all my hockey friends for this recognition,” said Mr. Harbinder Singh, who accepted the Hockey India Major Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award 2019.
“I’m really honoured to have won the Hockey India Dhruv Batra Player of the Year 2019 (Men). It was a great year for our team, and I would like to dedicate this Award to my teammates and Coaches, without whom, I would not be holding this trophy. I would also like to thank Hockey India for their continued support, and I hope this Award will motivate, not only myself, but more players to give their best for the country and bring more laurels.” said Mr. Manpreet Singh.
“I am elated to have been awarded with the Hockey India Dhruv Batra Player of the Year 2019 (Women). I have always strived to work hard for my team and my country, and to have been recognised for doing the thing that I love doing the most, it gives me immense happiness. I would like to thank my teammates, Coaches, family and Hockey India for always being a huge supporter, and being the guiding light. I dedicate this award to my team.” said Ms Rani.