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Celebrating Excellence: Hardik Singh & Savita Punia Awarded Top Honours in Hockey India Awards 2022

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At the national capital of India, Hockey India organized its fifth annual awards with India men’s team vice-captain Hardik Singh and women’s captain Savita Punia winning the top honors for the year 2022. They were honored during a grand ceremony attended by high-ranking dignitaries. The duo won the Balbir Singh Senior Award for Player of the Year in their respective categories, with a cash prize of Rs 25 crore each.

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The 2021 and 2022 winners were announced at the 5th Hockey India Awards in Delhi on Friday. Major Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award for 2022 goes to the legendary Gurubux Singh.

Hardik stated after winning the award,

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“It’s been a fantastic year, and it feels great to be recognized for my efforts. I believe we had a roller coaster year as a team, and there are players who have done exceptionally well this year as well. I honestly feel that I am accepting this honour on behalf of the entire team,”

Savita Punia was delighted and showed her gratitude upon winning the award. she stated,

“This is a tremendous honor for which I am extremely grateful. We performed admirably as a team, and winning the FIH Women’s Nations Cup was a watershed moment for us. I thank my teammates, coach, and support staff for their continuous encouragement and hard work,”

For 2021, Harmanpreet Singh, the current Indian men’s hockey captain won the Player of the Year award, while Savita was named the Player of the Year.

Hockey India Annual Awards 2022 Winners:

SR. NO.  AWARD/CATEGORY  PRIZE MONEY  WINNERS 
1.  Major Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award 2022  INR 30.00 Lakh + trophy   Gurbux Singh
2.  Balbir Singh Sr. Award for Player of the Year 2022 (Men)  INR 25.00 Lakh + trophy   Hardik Singh
3.  Balbir Singh Sr. Award for Player of the Year 2022  (Women)  INR 25.00 Lakh + trophy   Savita
4.  Jugraj Singh Award for Upcoming Player of the Year 2022 (Men – Under 21)  INR 10.00 Lakh + trophy   Uttam Singh
5.  Asunta Lakra Award for Upcoming Player of the Year 2022 (Women – Under 21)  INR 10.00 Lakh + trophy   Mumtaz Khan
6.  Dhanraj Pillay Award for Forward of the Year 2022  INR 5.00 Lakh + trophy   Vandana Katariya
7.  Ajit Pal Singh Award for Midfielder of the Year 2022  INR 5.00 Lakh + trophy   Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam
8.  Pargat Singh Award for Defender of the Year 2022  INR 5.00 Lakh + trophy   Harmanpreet Singh
9.  Baljit Singh Award for Goalkeeper of the Year 2022  INR 5.00 Lakh + trophy   Krishan B Pathak
10.  Jaman Lal Sharma Award for Invaluable Contribution 2022  INR 5.00 Lakh + trophy   Pritam Siwach
11.  President’s Award for Outstanding Achievement 2022  INR 5.00 Lakh + trophy   Hockey Ace Foundation 
12.  President Award for Umpire/Umpire Manager 2022  INR 2.50 Lakh + trophy   Gurinder Singh Sangha 
13.  President Award for Technical Official 2022  INR 2.50 Lakh + trophy  Mohd Mogul Muneer
SR. NO.  AWARD/CATEGORY  PRIZE MONEY  WINNERS 
1. FIH Men’s Player of the Year 2022 INR 10.00 Lakh Harmanpreet Singh
2. FIH Goalkeeper of the Year 2022 (Men) INR 5.00 Lakh PR Sreejesh
3. FIH Goalkeeper of the Year 2022 (Women) INR 5.00 Lakh Savita
4. FIH Coach of the Year 2022 (Women) INR 5.00 Lakh Janneke Schopman
5. FIH Women’s Rising Star of the Year 2022 INR 5.00 Lakh Mumtaz Khan
6. 300 International Caps INR 3.00 Lakh Manpreet Singh
7. 250 International Caps INR 2.50 Lakh Rani
8. 200 International Caps INR 2.00 Lakh Mandeep Singh
9. 200 International Caps INR 3.00 Lakh Navjot Kaur
10. 150 International Caps INR 1.50 Lakh Harmanpreet Singh
11. Umpire in 150 Senior International match INR 1.50 Lakh Javed Shaikh
12. 100 International Caps INR 1.00 Lakh Neha
13. 100 International Caps INR 1.00 Lakh Navneet Kaur
14. 100 International Caps INR 1.00 Lakh Lalremsiami
15. Goal in Debut Match INR 1.00 Lakh Karthi Selvam
16. Top goal-scorer for FIH Men’s Hockey Pro League 2021-22 INR 1.00 Lakh Harmanpreet Singh
17. Best Goalkeeper of FIH Hockey Women’s Nations Cup Spain 2022 INR 1.00 Lakh Savita
18. Top goal scorer of Sultan of Johor Cup 2022 INR 1.00 Lakh Sharda Nand Tiwari

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