Former Indian Hockey captain Sandeep Singh and current captain Sardar Singh have been nominated for the most prestigious sports award in India i.e. Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award. The ace drag flicker Sandeep Singh is recommended by his state “Haryana” government while his state-mate Sardar Singh is nominated by Hockey India.
Hockey India has also recommended Selector and Olympian Syed Ali for the Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award 2013.
Danish Mujtaba (Captain of the Indian Men Hockey Team during the 22nd Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, Malaysia in March 2013), VR Raghunath (Current Vice-Captain of Indian Men Hockey Team), forward Tushar Khandekar and Bharat Chetri (former Indian Captain) have been recommended for the Arjuna Award 2013 in the men’s category.
While in women’s category, Captain of Indian Women Hockey Team Ritu Rani under whose leadership the Indian Women team has qualified for the FIH World League Round 3, 2013, Saba Anjum (former Captain, Indian Women Hockey Team) and defender Joydeep Kaur have been nominated for the Arjuna Award 2013.
Sardar Singh, a Deputy Superintendent of Police in Haryana Police has been the Captain of the Indian Men Hockey team since November 2012 and under his captaincy, India reached the semi-finals of FIH Champions Trophy, Melbourne 2012 after a period of 30 years. India also won the silver medal in the 2nd Men’s Asian Champions Trophy, Doha 2012. In February 2013, the Indian Men Hockey team also won the FIH World League Round 2, New Delhi and thus qualified for the FIH World League Round-3.
Sardar Singh was recently declared AHF Player of the Year 2011. Sardar was part of FIH World Star Team in 2010 and 2011 and also nominated for FIH Player of the year 2012.
Athens and London Olympian Sandeep Singh is also a Deputy Superintendent of Police in Haryana Police. Apart many best player and highest scorer awards, he captained India to Sultan Azlan Shah Cup title in 2009 (after 14 years).