~ Hockey legend Ajit Pal Singh was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award; The Indian Men’s Hockey Team Bronze Medal Feat was awarded the Moment of the Year while the Women’s team won the Breakthrough Performance of the Year ~
New Delhi, 19 March 2022: Hockey India on Saturday congratulated former India Captain and 1975 World Cup winner Ajit Pal Singh who was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Sports Star Aces awards held in Mumbai today. Ajit Pal Singh in his illustrious career has won a Bronze medal each in the 1968 Mexico Olympics as well as the 1972 Munich Olympics. He has to his credit a Bronze from the 1971 World Cup in Barcelona, Silver from the 1973 World Cup in Amsterdam and Gold medal from the 1975 World Cup in Kuala Lumpur. He has also won a Silver medal at the Asian Games in 1971 and 1974.
The national sports federation also congratulated Rupinder Pal Singh and Harmanpreet Singh for being awarded Sportsman of the Year 2021 (Team sports) while women’s team ace goalkeeper Savita was awarded Sportswoman of the Year 2021 (Team sports) for their performances at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
The Indian Men’s Hockey team winning the Bronze medal at the Olympic Games 2020 after beating Germany 5-4, thus ending a 41-year long wait for India to finish on the podium at the Olympics, was recognised with Moment of the Year 2021 Award. The Indian Men’s Hockey Team was also awarded the prestigious Team of the Year 2021 Award for their outstanding efforts at the Tokyo Olympics last year.
Meanwhile, the Indian Women’s Hockey Team too won the Breakthrough Performance of the Year Award for their incredible success at the Olympic Games 2020 where they ended their campaign with a historic fourth place finish.
Congratulating the winners, Hockey India President Gyanendro Ningombam said: “This is a great moment for hockey that both the Men and the Women’s Team have been recognized with so many awards at the prestigious Sports Star Aces for their historic performance at the Olympic Games 2020. I congratulate both the teams and their coaching staff for this honour and I would also like to congratulate Rupinder, Harmanpreet and Savita for winning individual awards. I also congratulate legend and former India Captain Ajit Pal Singh on being honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award. His contribution to the sport is unapparelled.”
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