India’s men’s hockey team captain Manpreet Singh on became the first Indian to win the International Hockey Federation’s (FIH) Player of the Year award, capping a memorable 2019 season in which he led the side to Olympic qualification.
He became the first from the country to win the accolade since the awards were introduced in 1999. He beat competition from Belgium’s Arthur van Dorren and Lucas Villa of Argentina, who came second and third respectively.
He now has 260 international appearances under his belt. Last year, Manpreet led India to victory in the FIH Olympic Qualifiers, securing their Tokyo Olympics spot. Besides Manpreet, young midfielder Vivek Sagar Prasad won the FIH Male Rising Star of the Year award, while striker Lalremsiami bagged the the 2019 FIH Women’s Rising Star of Year recognition.