Feels great when hard work is recognised: Star defender Harmanpreet on FIH nomination | Hockey News

BENGALURU: Star defender Harman Preet Singh Wednesday called his nomination for this year’s FIH Player of the Year award a huge honor and recognition of his hard work all those years for the national hockey team.
Harmanpreet, who was part of the silver medal winning team at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham this year, and also won bronze at the Asian Champions Trophy in Dhaka in 2021, won the top prize and his first in the edition 2020-21.
“It is a huge honor for me to be nominated for the FIH Player of the Year award again. I have always tried to give my best and contribute to the success of the team. and it’s great when your hard work is recognized by the FIH Star Awards“, Harmanpreet said in a press release.
“I would also like to congratulate all the other nominees from the Indian men’s and women’s teams,” he added.
The 26-year-old joins a host of other Indian men’s and women’s team hockey players including the coaches of the respective teams for the prestigious award in various categories.
Some of the big names are PR Sreejesh (Men’s ‘Goalkeeper of the Year’), Savita (Women’s ‘Goalkeeper of the Year’), Sanjay (Men’s ‘Rising Star of the Year’), Mumtaz Khan ( ‘Rising Star of the Year ‘ Women), Graham Reid (Men’s Coach of the Year) and Janneke Schopman (Women’s Coach of the Year).
Harmanpreet shed light on the fact that Indian hockey players are often nominated for the top accolades, indicating that the sport in the country has improved tremendously over the past couple of years and is also growing rapidly.
“Last time we swept all the awards and this time we were nominated for most of them, which shows that we have performed brilliantly over the past two years.
“The Indian men’s and women’s teams have been growing at a blistering pace and I believe we can produce even better results in the future. These are very exciting times for Indian hockey,” said Harmanpreet.
The Punjab man also highlighted that to perform well in the upcoming FIH professional hockey league is a prime target for making further improvements as a team.
“We look forward to our FIH Professional Hockey League Matches 2022-23. We worked on a few things after the CWG ended,” Harmanpreet said.
“I hope we can improve our game even further and become an even better team. In the last edition of the FIH Hockey Pro League, we finished third. We will look to improve our results in the next edition of the competition.” , did he declare. said.

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