Lausanne: The Indian men’s hockey team captain Manpreet Singh was on Thursday named Player of the Year for 2019 by the International Hockey Federation (FIH).
Manpreet, a midfielder, became the first Indian 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.
“I am truly honoured to win this award and I would like to dedicate this to my team. I also thank my well-wishers and hockey fans from around the world for voting in my favour. It is truly humbling to see so much support for Indian Hockey. I wish we continue to receive more such support as we gun for glory this Olympic year,” stated an elated Manpreet Singh.