Hockey India Current Affairs - 2019
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Veteran hockey player Balbir Singh Senior was awarded Major Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award by Hockey India.
The award carrying trophy along with a cheque of Rs 30 lakh was presented to Balbir Singh at the inaugural Hockey India Annual Awards ceremony held at New Delhi.
In his hockey career, Balbir Singh Senior had represented Indian team in three Olympics games including London Olympics (1948), Helsinki Olympics (1952) and Melbourne Olympics (1956). In all three Olympics the team had won the gold medal. He was captain of Indian team during Melbourne Olympics.
His record of most goals (five) in an Olympic final in 1952 still remains unbeaten and he also figures in the list of 16 iconic Olympians of all-time.
Apart from this award, inaugural Hockey India Annual Awards were also presented in various categories. They are
- Dhruv Batra Player of the Year Award – Birendra Lakra (male),Vandana Kataria (female).
- Baljit Singh Goalkeeper of the Year Award – PR Sreejesh.
- Pargat Singh Defender of the Year Award – Deepika.
- Ajit Pal Singh Midfielder of the Year Award- Manpreet Singh.
- Dhanraj Pillay Forward of the Year Award- Aka shdeep Singh.
- Asunta Lakra Upcoming Player of the Year Award- Harmanpreet Singh (male), Namita Toppo (female).
Ranchi Rays won the third edition of Champions of Hero Hockey India League (HHIL) 2015. In the final match they defeated Jaypee Punjab Warriors by score of 3-2 in the penalty shootout after 2-2 tie in regular time match.
With this Jaypee Punjab Warriors took second position followed by Delhi Waveriders in third position.
Awards from the Hero Hockey India League (HHIL) 2015
- Hero Goal of the Day- Barry Middleton of Ranchi Rays.
- Man-of the-Match- Tyler Lovell of Ranchi Rays.
- Hero Most Valuable Player of the Tournament- Ashley Jackson of Ranchi Rays
- Dhruv Batra Motivator of the Tournament- PR Sreejesh.
- Ponty Chadha Trophy for Upcoming Player of the Tournament- Harmanpreet Singh of Uttar Pradesh Wizards.
- Airtel Award for Most Goals in the Tournament- Jaypee Punjab Warriors.
About Hockey India League
Hockey India League is organized by Hockey India. Number of teams is Five which are franchisee based. Teams have players from India and around the world. The event is sanctioned by International Hockey Federation (FIH).