Harmanpreet Singh and Gurjit Kaur were named the FIH Player of the Year in the
men’s and women’s categories, respectively. Indian hockey players swept 2020-21
edition of the FIH Stars Awards, the international hockey federation (FIH) announced
“As a likely outcome of India men’s first Olympic medal for 41 years, as well as
the outstanding performance of the Indian women’s team reaching the last four in
Tokyo, India’s athletes and coaches dominate the FIH Hockey Stars Awards 2020-21,”
FIH said in a statement.
Athletes Gurjit Kaur (Best Player, Women), Harmanpreet Singh (Best Player, Men),
Savita (Best Goalkeeper, Women), PR Sreejesh (Best Goalkeeper, Men), Sharmila Devi
(Best Rising Star, Women) and Vivek Prasad (Best Rising Star, Men) as well as the
coaches of India’s women’s team, Sjoerd Marijne (NED) and India’s men’s team,
Graham Reid (AUS) grabbed the highest number of votes in their respective
categories. 79 National Associations — represented by their respective national
captains and coaches — have voted (Africa: 11 out of 25 Member Associations; Asia:
29 out of 33; Europe: 19 out of 42; Oceania: 3 out of 8; Pan America: 17 out of 30).
And with a record number of almost 300,000 fans casting their votes, fan
participation in the FIH Hockey Stars Awards has been exceptional.
Tellingly, all winning athletes have topped the standings in each of the three voting
groups (National Associations / Fans and Players / Media).
Belgium (Men) and the Netherlands (Women), who were not only crowned Olympic
Champions but also won the 2020-21 FIH Hockey Pro League, as well as the GBR/ENG
Women’s team, were also given high recognition by the voting groups.
Belgium’s Alexander Hendrickx and Arthur van Doren were voted second and third
best Players respectively, with Vincent Vanasch named second best Goalkeeper and
Shane McLeod (NZL) second-best Coach.
For the Netherlands, Eva de Goede and Frederique Matla clinched the respective
second and third places in the FIH Player of the Year Award while Alyson Annan
(AUS) finished on the second spot of the FIH Coach of the Year Award
For Great Britain/England, Goalkeeper Maddie Hinch, Rising Star Fiona Crackles and
Coach Mark Hager (AUS) all reached the third spot of their respective categories.