LAUSANNE: Jalandhar youth Manpreet Singh Pawar became the first Indian to win the International Hockey Federation’s (FIH) Player of the Year award.
The 27-year-old midfielder, thus, became the first from the country to win the accolade since the awards were introduced in 1999.
2019 FIH Player of the Year (Men) – @manpreetpawar07 shares his thoughts after becoming the first ever Indian to win the FIH Player of the Year award.#HockeyStarsAwards@TheHockeyIndia pic.twitter.com/u8H0ezRfz0— International Hockey Federation (@FIH_Hockey) February 13, 2020
One of the top midfielders in international hockey, Manpreet Singh got more votes than Belgium’s Arthur van Doren and Lucas Vila of Argentina.
Manpreet Singh wins 2019 Men’s FIH Player of the YearFull story: https://t.co/50JRvcCSXP pic.twitter.com/V7sy7UVk3b — Asian Hockey Federation (@asia_hockey) February 13, 2020
In 2019, Manpreet led the team India to victory in the FIH Series Finals and the Olympic qualifiers, which helped them to secure a spot in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
National men’s hockey team captain Manpreet Singh, who made his debut in 2011 now has 260 international appearances under his belt. He learnt the basics of the game at the hockey stadium at Mithapur village in Jalandhar.
Besides Manpreet, young midfielder Vivek Sagar Prasad (male) won the FIH Rising Star of the Year award, while striker Lalremsiami (female) bagged the 2019 FIH Rising Star of Year recognition.