India’s men’s hockey workforce captain Manpreet Singh on Thursday became the initially Indian to get the Worldwide Hockey Federation’s (FIH) Player of the Calendar year award, capping a unforgettable 2019 season in which he led the facet to Olympic qualification. The 27-year-old midfielder, hence, became the initially from the region to get the accolade considering the fact that the awards were being launched in 1999. He conquer opposition from Belgium’s Arthur van Dorren and Lucas Villa of Argentina, who came next and third respectively. Manpreet polled a total of 35.two for every cent of mixed votes, which features Nationwide Associations, media, supporters and players.
Van Dorren, on the other hand, got mixed vote share of 19.7 for every cent while Villa polled sixteen.5 for every cent in his favour.
Other players who were being nominated for the award were being Victor Wegnez of Belgium and Australian duo of Aran Zalewski and Eddie Ockenden.
Manpreet, who experienced represented India at 2012 London and 2016 Rio Olympics, has savored a prolonged occupation in the countrywide workforce considering the fact that he built his debut in 2011.
He now has 260 intercontinental appearances below his belt. Past year, Manpreet led India to victory in the FIH Olympic Qualifiers, securing their Tokyo Olympics location.
Conversing about the past season, Manpreet claimed: “If you search at our year, we did very well in each event we participated in. Be it the FIH Collection Finals in June or the exam series in Belgium wherever we performed the hosts as very well as Spain and conquer them.
“Our most significant aim in 2019 was to reserve our berth at the Olympics.”
India accomplished that aim in model, beating Russia in the Olympic Qualifiers in excess of two legs — 4-two and 7-two. Manpreet devoted the award to his teammates, stating devoid of their support it wouldn’t have been attainable.
“I am truly honoured to get this award and I would like to dedicate this to my workforce. I also thank my very well wishers and hockey supporters from all over the environment for voting in my favour. It is truly humbling to see so substantially support for Indian hockey,” he claimed.
FIH CEO Thierry Weil congratulated all the winners, such as Manpreet on their achievements.
“On behalf of FIH, I would like to lengthen heartfelt congratulations from the full hockey local community to all winners of the 2019 FIH Stars Awards and also to all nominees.
“Many thanks to their techniques and performances, as very well as their teammates, they invite supporters all in excess of the environment to practical experience excellent feelings. We are quite grateful to them,” he claimed.
Hockey India President Mohd Mushtaque Ahmad also congratulated Manpreet.
“He has matured in excess of the decades as a player and has proved his significance in the workforce. He has led India to significant victories,” he claimed.
Moreover Manpreet, younger midfielder Vivek Sagar Prasad won the FIH Male Rising Star of the Calendar year award, while striker Lalremsiami bagged the the 2019 FIH Women’s Rising Star of Calendar year recognition.