Hockey India on Tuesday nominated Harmanpreet and ladies’s group members Vandana Katariya and Monika for the Arjuna Award, whereas recommending ladies’s group captain Rani for the distinguished Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award.
Harmanpreet was a part of the Indian group that gained the FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers towards Russia final 12 months.
“I am very happy with the way I have been contributing to the team in the last couple of years. However, I have been able to come up with the goods only because of the way my teammates have supported me,” he stated in a press launch issued by Hockey India.
“Hockey is a team sport and all of us ensure that we are contributing to the team’s cause in some way or the other. If we score a goal, then it’s not only the goal scorer, who takes the credit, but the entire team is credited for a particular effort.”
“I was extremely delighted to hear the news,” he added.
Singh additionally acknowledged the assist from Hockey India through the years.
“I used to be extraordinarily joyful to know that Rani has been nominated for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award and Vandana Katariya and Monika have been nominated for the Arjuna Award.
“They have put up some brilliant performances in the recent past and I would like to extend my congratulations to them.”
The dragflick sensation had shouldered the accountability of vice-captain with aplomb and was instrumental within the group’s profitable efficiency within the FIH Series Finals in Odisha.
At the Tokyo Olympics Test Event, he additionally captained India to victory within the absence of Manpreet Singh who was rested for the occasion.
The 24-year-old stated reserving a spot within the now postponed Tokyo Olympics was the largest achievement for the group final 12 months.
“It was simply amazing to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics in front of our home crowd last year. I will cherish the memory forever. The balance of our side was fantastic and everyone chipped in to make the tournament a memorable one,” he stated.
“Now, we will give everything we can to come up with great results at the Olympics next year. It’s our sole target at the moment and all of us are up for the challenge. Hopefully, we will become a much better side once we play our first match in Tokyo.”