The Indian Men’s Hockey Team Captain successfully led India to FIH Series Final victory as well as FIH Olympic Qualifiers win in 2019
New Delhi, February 13: Hockey India on Thursday congratulated the Indian Men’s Hockey Team Captain Manpreet Singh on winning the FIH Player of the Year award.
Congratulations to 2019 FIH Player of the year (Men) – @manpreetpawar07
Manpreet Singh (IND) -35.2% of combined votes
Arthur Van Doren (BEL) -19.7% of combined votes
Lucas Vila (ARG) -11.7 % of combined votes
— International Hockey Federation (@FIH_Hockey) February 13, 2020
In June last year, Manpreet Singh who completed 250 International matches for India during the FIH Men’s Hockey Series Finals Bhubaneswar Odisha 2019, successfully led the team to victory beating South Africa in the Final of the event. He was also instrumental in Indian Team’s performance at the FIH Olympic Qualifiers in November last year where they edged out Russia to earn their ticket to 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Manpreet Singh kehte hain, India mein rehte hain… jahan jahan jaate hain, jeet ke hi aate hain! 😎
— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) February 13, 2020
In the FIH Player of the Year 2019 (Men) category, Manpreet was up against World Champions Victor Wegnez and Arthur van Doren from Belgium, FIH Pro League 2019 winners Aran Zalewski and Eddie Ockenden from Australia as well as Lucas Vila from Argentina.
“I am truly honoured to win this award and I would like to dedicate this to my team. I also thank my well-wishers and hockey fans from around the world for voting in my favour. It is truly humbling to see so much support for Indian Hockey. I wish we continue to receive more such support as we gun for glory this Olympic year,” stated an elated Manpreet Singh.