Indian men's hockey team drag-flicker Harmanpreet Singh was on Monday nominated for the FIH Player of the Year awards. Although, as the country made the short-list of all the categories on the back of its stupendous performance at the Olympics. Veteran India custodian P R Sreejesh was among three short-lists for Goalkeeper of the Year award for men. Moreover, while Savita Punia was among three short-listes in the women's category. The Indian men's team head coach Graham Reid and women's team counterpart Sjoerd Marijne were among three nominees for FIH Coach of the Year award for men and women.
Harmanpreet Singh had scored a whopping six goals from eight matches from his drag-flick to help the Indian men's team clinch a historic bronze. Moreover, its first Olympic medal in 41 years. Argentine players Agustina Albertarrio and Agustina Gorzelany. And Dutchwomen Eva de Goede, Frederique Matla and Maria Verschoor were the others nominated for the FIH Player of the Year for women.
Besides Harmanpreet, Arthur van Doren and Alexander Hendrickx from gold winners Belgium. And Jake Whetton, Aran Zalewski and Tim Brand of silver winners Australia were nominates for FIH Player of the Year for men. Apart from Sreejesh, Vincent Vanasch of Belgium and Andrew Charter of Australia were nominates for Goalkeeper of the Year Award for Men.
Among women, Maddie Hinch of Great Britain and Belen Succi of Argentina were nominates for the Goalkeeper of the Year Award, along with Savita. India's Sharmila Devi was also nominates for FIH Rising Star of the Year Award for women. Along with Fiona Crackles (Great Britain) and Valentina Raposo (Argentina). While Vivek Prasad names were also came along with Mustaphaa Cassiem (South Africa) and Sean Findlay (New Zealand) among men.
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Reid was also nominates along with Shane McLeod (Belgium team) and Colin Batch (Australia). Also while Sjoerd Marijne was also shotlists along with Alyson Annan (Netherlands team) and Mark Hager (Great Britain team) for their roles in charge of their respective women's teams. Players, coaches, media and fans can register their votes for the nominees. However, they can cast their vote in the respective women's and men's player, goalkeeper, rising star and coach of the year categories. They can register their votes from Monday (August 23) to September 15, the FIH said in a release.
Each NA will grant two votes per gender, which will come from the national team captain and head coach. Votes from the media counts for 25 per cent of the overall result. While votes from fans/players counts for 25 per cent of the overall result. The winners will be announced either next month or early October. With no Hockey Stars Awards in 2020 due to the impact of the COVID-19 global health pandemic. But, this year's awards cover the period from January 2020 through to the conclusion of the Tokyo Olympics.