New Delhi: Hockey India has today released the list of nominations for the much-awaited second edition of the Hockey India Annual Awards. These awards are given in recognition of excellence in performance for 2015 and overall contribution to the game of hockey. The second edition of the most coveted awards in Indian hockey carries a total prize money of over INR 2.00 Crore. The awards will be held on 26 March 2016 in Bangalore which is also the current home ground of the national teams training at the SAI Centre.
The Major Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award carries a cash prize of Rs. 30.00 lakh and trophy, while the Player of The Year for each Men and Women awards carry cash prize of Rs. 25.00 lakh each plus trophies. The Jugraj Singh Upcoming Players of The Year (Men) and Asunta Lakra Upcoming Player of The Year (Women )awards that are given to promising under-21 players carry cash prize of Rs. 10.00 Lakh each and trophies.
Apart from this, awards instituted in honour of former greats of the game will be given for outstanding individual performance in the field. The President Award for Outstanding Achievement, the Baljit Singh Award for Goalkeeper of The Year, the Pargat Singh Award for Defender of The Year, the Ajit Pal Singh Award for Midfielder of The Year and Dhanraj Pillay Award for Forward of The Year each carry cash prize of Rs. 5.00 Lakh each and trophies. The second Hockey India awards will also facilitate players, both men and women, who achieved significant milestones such as playing the 100th or 200th international match for India or scored a goal on debut appearance. The milestone awards carry cash prize of Rs. 1.00 lakh and Rs. 50,000 respectively.
At these awards, the women’s team and the support staff will be facilitated for making history by qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympics. The junior men’s team and the support staff will be also facilitated for winning Gold at the 8th Junior Men Asia Cup, while the senior men’s team and the support staff will be honoured for winning Bronze in the Hockey World League Final that was held at Raipur.
The proud nominees for the Hockey India 2nd Annual Awards for the year 2015 are:
|Player of the Year (Men)||INR 25.00 lakh + trophy||Birendra Lakra|
|Player of the Year (Women)||INR 25.00 lakh + trophy||Rani|
|Jugraj Singh Upcoming Player of the Year (Men – Under 21)||INR 10.00 lakh + trophy||Armaan Qureshi|
|Asunta Lakra Upcoming Player of the Year (Women – Under 21)||INR 10.00 lakhs + trophy||Sonika|
|Deep Grace Ekka|
|Baljit Singh Award for Goalkeeper of the Year||INR 5.00 lakh + trophy||Savita|
|Pargat Singh Award for Defender of the Year||INR 5.00 lakh + trophy||Birendra Lakra|
|Ajit Pal Singh Award for Midfielder of the Year||INR 5.00 lakh + trophy||Manpreet Singh|
|Dhanraj Pillay Award for Forward of the Year||INR 5.00 lakh + trophy||Akashdeep Singh|
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