Manpreet Singh awards the late father to the FIH Player of the Year

Manpreet Singh awards the late father to the FIH Player of the Year

 

Manpreet Singh (Photo Credit: Hockey India)

Manpreet Singh (Picture Credit score: Hockey India)

Manpreet Singh, who turned the primary Indian to win the FIH Participant of the 12 months award, devoted it to his late father.

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New Delhi: Indian males’s hockey workforce captain Manpreet Singh on Monday devoted his FIH Participant of the 12 months 2019 award to his late father, saying the popularity brings with it an enormous accountability.

Final Thursday, Manpreet turned the primary Indian to win the Worldwide Hockey Federation’s (FIH) Participant of the 12 months award, capping a memorable 2019 season wherein he led the facet to Olympic qualification.

The 27-year-old midfielder, thus, turned the primary from the nation to win the accolade for the reason that awards have been launched in 1999.

He beat competitors from Belgium’s Arthur van Dorren and Lucas Villa of Argentina, who got here second and third respectively. Manpreet polled a complete of 35.2 per cent of mixed votes, which incorporates Nationwide Associations, media, followers and gamers.

“I wish to thank my household and pals for all the time supporting me. They’ve been motivating me all through my profession. And naturally, I can’t overlook my father, if he was nonetheless right here, he would’ve been actually pleased with me. This award is for all of the help and energy that he all the time gave me,” he mentioned.

Manpreet mentioned the award will act as a confidence booster for him forward of the upcoming FIH Hockey Professional League matches and the Tokyo Olympics.

“It is a actually proud second for me to have received the FIH Participant of the 12 months 2019 award. It provides me big confidence for all of the upcoming FIH Hockey Professional League matches, in addition to for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics,” he mentioned.

“It additionally feels wonderful to have turn out to be the primary Indian ever to win this prize, however with this recognition, there additionally comes a giant accountability to maintain serving to my workforce to do nicely.”

In addition to Manpreet, younger midfielder Vivek Sagar Prasad received the FIH Male Rising Star of the 12 months award, whereas striker Lalremsiami bagged the the 2019 FIH Ladies’s Rising Star of 12 months recognition.

Manpreet mentioned the awards received by Vivek and Lalremsiami is a mirrored image of the enhancements made by males’s and ladies’s groups.

“It’s also a really optimistic factor for each our groups with Vivek and Lalremsiami additionally having received their respective FIH Rising Star of the 12 months Awards,” he mentioned.

“It displays nicely on how our groups are bettering, and provides us the arrogance in doing nicely in future occasions and tournaments.

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