Birendra (Men) and Vandana (Women): Players of year in 1st Hockey India Annual Awards

  • Sardar Balbir Singh bestowed with ‘Major Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award’
  • Dhruv Batra Award for Player of the Year: Birendra Lakra (Men) and Vandana Kataria (Women)
  • Awards worth over Rs. 2.80cr conferred to players for their outstanding performance
  • Watch full video of the Hockey India Annual Awards 2014 here
Hockey India Annual Awards: (Standing: LtoR) P R Sreejesh, Harendra Singh, Balbir Singh Sr, K Arumugam (One Thousand Hockey Legs), Sophie, Vandana Katariya, Deepika Thakur, Narinder Batra, (Sitting): Akashdeep Singh, Harmanpreet Singh, Manpreet Singh, Birendra Lakra, Namita Toppo

Hockey India Annual Awards: (Standing: LtoR) P R Sreejesh, Harendra Singh, Balbir Singh Sr, K Arumugam (One Thousand Hockey Legs), Sophie, Vandana Katariya, Deepika Thakur, Narinder Batra, (Sitting): Akashdeep Singh, Harmanpreet Singh, Manpreet Singh, Birendra Lakra, Namita Toppo

A landmark occasion was witnessed, as Hockey India today conferred the first ever Annual Awards to recognise the dedication and hard work of hockey players, coaches and administrators on the field to build the sport on the national and international arena. Awards of over Rs. 2.80 Crore were presented in a glittering ceremony at New Delhi. The Chief Guest for the occasion was the Hon’ble Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Sarbananda Sonowal. Continue reading →

Detail of Hockey India Annual Awards: First Ever Award Ceremony

  • The awardee for the ‘Major Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award’ award Sardar Balbir Singh received Rs.30,00,000/-


Video of Hockey India Annual Awards Function is here

List of Awards for the ‘Hockey India Annual Awards’ –

Major Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award Rs.30,00,000/-: Sardar Balbir Singh Sr
Dhruv Batra Award for Player of the Year (Men) Rs.25,00,000/-: Birendra Lakra
Dhruv Batra Award for Player of the Year (Women) Rs.25,00,000/-: Vandana Kataria
Jugraj Singh Award for Upcoming Player of the Year (Men – Under 21) Rs.10,00,000/-: Harmanpreet Singh
Asunta Lakra Award for Upcoming Player of the Year (Women – Under 21) Rs.10,00,000/-: Namita Toppo
Baljit Singh Award for Goalkeeper of the Year Rs.5,00,000/-: PR Sreejesh
Pargat Singh Award for Defender of the Year Rs.5,00,000/-: Deepika
Ajit Pal Singh Award Midfielder of the Year Rs.5,00,000/-: Manpreet Singh
Dhanraj Pillay Award for Forward of the Year Rs.5,00,000/-: Akashdeep Singh
Jaman Lal Sharma Award for Invaluable Contribution (for coaches and support staff) Rs.5,00,000/-: Harendra Singh
Hockey India President Award for Outstanding Achievement Rs.5,00,000/-: K Arumugam for One Thousand Hockey Legs

New Delhi, 16 March 2015: ‘Hockey India Annual Awards’ an initiative by Hockey India will take place on 28th March 2015 at Hotel The Lalit, New Delhi and will mark the kick-start of the first ever annual awards for the sport. The annual awards initiated by Hockey India is an effort towards recognizing the hard work put in by the hockey players, coaches, support staff and administrators on the field both nationally as well as internationally. Continue reading →

Punjab CM Felicitated Pakistan Team and Assured Support

Punjab Chief Minister Mian Mohammed Shahbaz Sharif has assured the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) that the government would extend every possible support for the uplift of the national game in the country as he felicitated the Pakistan Hockey Team who won silver medal Incheon 2014 Asian Games.

Pakistan Hockey Team Felicitated by Punjab Chief Minister Mian Mohammed Shahbaz Sharif

Pakistan Hockey Team Felicitated by Punjab Chief Minister Mian Mohammed Shahbaz Sharif

The Chief Minister gave this assurance during a very cordial meeting with the PHF President Chawdhry Akhtar Rasool, national players and team management at his Model Town office on Tuesday. The Chief Minister had invited the national hockey team that won the silver medal in the recently concluded Asian Games in South Korea. Continue reading →

Hero MotoCorp Felicitated Asian Games Hockey Goldies

New Delhi, October 15, 2014: In keeping with its long-term commitment to nurture and promote the national game, Hero MotoCorp Ltd (HMCL), the world’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer, felicitated the Indian National Hockey team for winning the Gold at the 17th Asian Games 2014 at Incheon, at a glittering ceremony in the capital today.

Indian Hockey Captain Sardar Singh gifting Indian Jersey signed by Asian Games Gold Medalist Indian Hockey Team to Pawan Munjal ( Vice Chairman, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, Hero MotoCorp) at the felicitation function organized by Hero MotoCorp

Indian Hockey Captain Sardar Singh gifting Indian Jersey signed by Asian Games Gold Medalist Indian Hockey Team to Pawan Munjal ( Vice Chairman, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, Hero MotoCorp) at the felicitation function organized by Hero MotoCorp

As a gesture of appreciation for winning the Gold and thereby qualifying for the Rio Olympics 2016, Hero MotoCorp also rewarded each member of the team with Rs 200,000/- and a 225cc Hero ZMR bike. The company also rewarded each support staff of the team with Rs 100,000/-.

Congratulating the team at the event, which was attended by a large number of sports personalities, enthusiasts, administrators and other dignitaries, Pawan Munjal, Vice Chairman, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, Hero MotoCorp said, “This victory by the hockey team at the Asiad Games will go a long way in our collective efforts to revive our national game. What makes this victory even more special is the fact that the title has returned to India after a long wait of 16 years. Representing India in the global arena is a special honour and millions of Indians look up to these champions. At Hero, we have a long history of association with different sports and Hockey has been one of the priority areas. We will continue to cheer for our team and support the game in various formats through our association with Hockey India and FIH. Continue reading →

India beat Pakistan on Shoot-Out to Win Asian Games after 16 years

With the Gold medal on the line, the Indian Men Hockey Team lived its dream of bringing home the Gold today at the 17th Asian Games 2014. With this win, India seals a berth in the Rio 2016 Olympics. The hosts Korea defeated Malaysia 3-2 to take Bronze.

India's Kothajit Singh celebrates after scoring equalizer against Pakistan in the men's hockey final match in 17th Asian Games 2014 at the Seonhak Hockey Stadium in Incheon (Credits: INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images)

India’s Kothajit Singh celebrates after scoring equalizer against Pakistan in the men’s hockey final match in 17th Asian Games 2014 at the Seonhak Hockey Stadium in Incheon (Credits: INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images)

In 1998 Asian Games at Bangkok, India had defeated Korea with scored board reading the same i.e. 1-1 after full-time and 4-2 after shoot-out, and today the Indian Goalkeeper P R Sreejesh repeated the feat against Pakistan, as Ashish Ballal did in 1998 against Korea. Continue reading →

Gold for Hosts Korea, India won Bronze in Women’s Hockey Asian Games 2014

Korea defeated defending China by 1-0 to win Gold and the India showed a spectacular performance to defeat Japan 2-1 for the bronze medal in the 17th Asian Games 2014 at the Soenhak Hockey Stadium in Incheon.

Indian Captain Ritu Rani and Jaspreet Kaur in Bronze Medal match of 2014 Asian Games in Incheon (Credits: PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)

Indian Captain Ritu Rani and Jaspreet Kaur in Bronze Medal match of 2014 Asian Games in Incheon (Credits: PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)

In the finals, the hosts Korea edged past the defending champions China by a single goal that came in 3rd quarter. A field goal by Kim Darae in 41st minute was enough to stop last 3 editions’ champions China from 4th consecutive title.

In the hard-fought battle between the two teams for Bronze Medal, the India took an early lead through a successful conversion of a penalty corner by Jaspreet Kaur in the 23rd minute of the games, following a dry first quarter of the game for both the teams. Continue reading →