Millennium Post (Kolkata)

Sreejesh, Savita, Harmanpree­t in contention for multiple honours at Hockey India awards

From 8 different categories, a total of 32 nomination­s have made shortlist for a total prize of Rs 7.56 cr


NEW DELHIL Veteran goalkeeper­s P R Sreejesh and Savita Punia found themselves in contention for the ‘Player of the Year’ honours in the men’s and women’s category respective­ly as Hockey India unveiled nominees for its annual awards which will be presented here on March 31.

Sreejesh, a former captain, and Punia have been among the most consistent performers for India and have also been nominated for the goalkeeper of the year award. India men’s team captain and defender Harmanpree­t Singh has also been shortliste­d in two categories. He will be in contention for the player of the year

Goalkeeper of the Year:

Mohith HS, PR Sreejesh, Savita Punia, Krishan Bahadur Pathak

Defender of the Year: Deep Grace Ekka, Amit Rohidas, Harmanpree­t Singh, Udita

Midfielder of the Year: Salima Tete, Hardik Singh, Manpreet Singh, Navneet Kaur

Forward of the Year: Vandana Kataria, Abhishek, Sukhjeet Singh, Mandeep Singh

Upcoming Player of the Year (Women Under 21): Vaishnavi Viththal Phalke, Deepika, Deepika Soreng, Sunelita Toppo.

Upcoming Player of the Year (Men Under 21): Uttam Singh, Amir AliVishnuk­ant Singh, Araijeet Singh Hundal

Player of The Year (Women): Savita Punia, Salima Tete, Vandana Kataria, Navneet Kaur

Player of The Year (Men):

P.R. Sreejesh, Abhishek, Hardik Singh, Harmwanpre­et Singh as well as the defender of the year award. The player of the year award in both categories comes with a prize of Rs 25 lakh each, while the goalkeepin­g trophy will fetch the winner Rs five lakh.

From eight different categories, a total of 32 nomination­s have made the shortlist for a total prize purse of Rs 7.56 crore, Hockey India said in a press release. “Notably, the pinnacle of the event, the Hockey India Major Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievemen­t Award, will carry the most substantia­l cash purse of Rs 30 lakh, honouring an individual’s extraordin­ary contributi­ons to sport over the years,” the HI added.

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