Hockey Indian Awards-2015
Suresh Kumar Lau
Triple Olympic gold medalist Balbir Singh (Senior) was honoured with Major Dhayn Chand Lifetime achievement award by Hockey Indian (H.I). The yesteryear Punjab Player was a member of the gold winning team at the 1948 (London), 1952 (Helsinki) and 1956 (Melbourne) Olympics. Balbir Singh said “The 1948 Olympics was the first time I realized what it meant to be an Indian and Independent. Hockey gave me that perception and now it has given me the recognition”. Over 2.80 Crores were distributed on the different teams and individual awards.
The Chief Guest for the occasion was the Hon’ble Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Sarbananda Sonowal. This was the first time any Sports Federation has given such a huge amount to the players.
Hockey India conferred the awards in the categories of Major Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award to Balbir Singh Sr. with a cash prize of Rs 30 Lakhs, the Dhruv Batra Award for Player of the Year (Men and Women) awarded to Indian defender Birendra Lakra and Vandana Katariya taking home a heavy purse of cash award of Rs 25 Lakhs each. Jaman Lal Sharma Award for Invaluable Contribution (for coaches and support staff) awarded to Harendra Singh (Dronacharya Awardee) wherein he got a cheque Rs 5 Lakhs and Hockey India President Award for Outstanding Achievement conferred to One Thousand Hockey Legs with a Rs 5 Lakhs cheque for its exceptional contribution towards the sport.
Six awards named after players who represented India in the past included, the Jugraj Singh Award for Upcoming Player of the Year (Men – Under 21) awarded to Harmanpreet Singh with a cash prize of Rs 10 Lakhs, Asunta Lakra Award for Upcoming Player of the Year (Women – Under 21) to Namita Toppo with Rs 10 Lakhs. Besides a cash prize of Rs 5 Lakhs, Baljit Singh Award for Goalkeeper of the Year awarded to PR Sreejesh, Pargat Singh Award for Defender of the Year to Deepika, Ajit Pal Singh Award for Midfielder of the Year given to Manpreet Singh and Dhanraj Pillay Award for Forward of the Year awarded to Akashdeep Singh for showcasing their efforts to continue upholding a healthy sports culture in the nation. Apart from individual awards member of the Indian men’s and women’s team who won gold and bronze respectively at the 17th Asian Games, Icheon were given cash award.
Hockey Indian Awardees
Major Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award – Balbir Singh Sr Rs.30,00,000/-
Dhruv Batra Award for Player of the Year (Men) – Birendra Lakra Rs.25,00,000/-
Dhruv Batra Award for Player of the Year (Women) – Vandana Katariya Rs.25,00,000/-
Jugraj Singh Award for Upcoming Player of the Year (Men – Under 21) – Harmanpreet Singh Rs.10,00,000/-
Asunta Lakra Award for Upcoming Player of the Year (Women – Under 21) – Namita Toppo Rs.10,00,000/-
Baljit Singh Award for Goalkeeper of the Year – PR Sreejesh Rs.5,00,000/-
Pargat Singh Award for Defender of the Year – Deepika Rs.5,00,000/-
Ajit Pal Singh Award Midfielder of the Year – Manpreet Singh Rs.5,00,000/-
Dhanraj Pillay Award for Forward of the Year – Akashdeep Singh Rs.5,00,000/-
Jaman Lal Sharma Award for Invaluable Contribution (for coaches and support staff) – Harendra Singh Rs.5,00,000/-
Hockey India President Award for Outstanding Achievement – One Thousand Hockey Legs Rs.5,00,000/-