Goalkeeper PR Sreejesh has been nominated for the World Games Athlete of the Year award for 2021.

‘This nomination is appreciation for tremendous team work,’ adds the former Indian Hockey team captain, who is sincerely thrilled and honoured.

PR Sreejesh, the ace hockey goalkeeper, has been nominated for the World Games Athlete of the Year title for 2021, and says he is sincerely thrilled and honoured, “as this nomination is acknowledgement for tremendous team work.”

The 24 athletes from 17 nations who have been nominated for this award have been suggested by their respective international federations, with Sreejesh’s name being recommended by the FIH for his excellent performance in the year 2021.

“I believe this nomination is unique in that it rewards outstanding teamwork and is a byproduct of our Olympic success,” Sreejesh remarked.

“I am really honoured to have been nominated, and same goes for the entire team.” We are well-known around the world as a result of their efforts. Hockey India deserves credit for all of this achievement; without them, none of this would have been possible. Sreejesh told Hockey India Bengaluru, “Now it’s up to the fans to determine the rightful recipient for this award.”

Sreejesh was instrumental in India’s bronze medal performance at the Tokyo Olympics. India defeated Germany 5-4 in their bronze-medal match in Tokyo. Sreejesh’s defence was outstanding throughout the game.

Sreejesh had already awarded the FIH (Federation Internationale de Hockey) Goalkeeper of the Year award and the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna medal for his outstanding hockey career in 2021. (The International Hockey Federation is sometimes known as the FIH.)

“The news that Sreejesh has been nominated for the World Games Athlete of the Year 2021 has pleased us at Hockey India. “He is a big inspiration to many in the country and is well-known throughout the world for his goalkeeping skills and vibrant personality,” said Hockey India President Gyanendro Ningombam.

“We are incredibly proud of his accomplishments and contributions to Indian hockey.” I’m hoping that all of his admirers and Indian hockey supporters will vote for him to win this great award,” he added.

With 1,99,477 votes, Rani became the first Indian woman to win the World Games Athlete of the Year award in 2019.

This will be the ninth iteration of the IWGA programme, which acknowledges and recognises an athlete or a team for great achievement in 2021, social commitment, or notably fair behaviour.

 

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