Hockey Current Affairs - 2020

International Hockey Federation names Indian Hockey Captain “Player of the Year”, 2019

On February 13, 2020, the International Hockey Federation named the Indian Hockey captain Manpreet Singh as Player of the Year, 2019.

Highlights

Manpreet is the first Indian to win the title. The accolade was introduced in 1999.

Manpreet Singh

Manpreet Singh is the Indian National Hockey team captain since 2017. He was named the Indian Squad at the 2016 Summer Olympics. He has played several international games including Asian Games, Common Wealth Games, Men’s Hockey Champions Trophy.

He is known for his best sportsmanship and patriotism at 2016 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. Minutes before a match with Australia, Manpreet received the news of his father’s death. He still played the match and India won 1-2.

International Hockey Federation

The International Hockey Federation is the governing body of indoor field hockey and field hockey. The headquarters is located in Lausanne, Switzerland. The Player of the year award is given by the organization to men and women since 1998. The young category of the honourary award was added in 2001.

World Games Athlete of the Year, 2019-Title won by Rani Rampal

The Indian Women Hockey Team player Rani Rampal has won the “World Game Athlete of the Year, 2019” title. She is the first hockey player in the world to receive the title.

Athlete of the Year

The title is awarded to the winner selected through a voting process. The award is presented to an awardee who is outstanding in terms of social concern, performance and good behavior.

About Rani Rampal

Rani Rampal is called the “Queen of Indian Hockey”. She joined the Indian Hockey National Team at the age of 15. She is the current captain of the team. In 2020, Rani Rampal was awarded with Padmashri, one of India’s most prestigious awards.

Rani had participated in 2009 Asia cup and won silver medal. Also she was a part of 2010 Common Wealth games of 2010.

Other nominated players

Around 20 players all over the world were nominated for the voting process. Among them, Stanislav Horuna, a Ukranian Karate player secured second rank followed by the Canadian Athlete Rhea Stinn who finished third power lifting.