Asian hockey awards: India’s SV Sunil named Player of the Year for 2016
India forward SV Sunil, key member of last year’s silver-winning Champions Trophy side, is Asian Hockey Federation’s Player of the Year for 2016 and junior World Cup-winner, Harmanpreet Singh, has been named as the emerging playerother sports Updated: Mar 30, 2017 20:01 IST
India forward SV Sunil was named the Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) Player of the Year for 2016 on Thursday, with Harmanpreet Singh chosen as the Promising Player of the Year in the continental body’s annual awards.
SV Sunil was the favourite for the award among national team coaches of Asia, who made the nominations based on performances during 2016, according to a Hockey India release.
Sunil, regarded highly for his pace, played a vital role in India’s memorable run in last year’s Champions Trophy in London, where they claimed a silver for the first time. “This award is the icing on the cake. I believe Indian hockey is growing year by year and we have enjoyed some memorable victories in 2016. This award could not have been possible but for our team work,” Sunil said.
Dragflick specialist Harmanpreet too had a great run, playing a crucial role in India’s Junior World Cup triumph in Lucknow late last year. He was also part of the Rio Olympics and Champions Trophy squads.
“I am very excited to receive this award. Awards and recognition are a big motivation for a young player like me to improve on my skills and come up with memorable performances,” said Harmanpreet, who along with Sunil, is currently in the senior men’s national camp that is preparing for the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Malaysia.