Indian forward S.V Sunil and drag-flicker Harmanpreet Singh were named as the Asian Player of the Year 2016 and Asian Promising Player of the Year respectively by the Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) here on Thursday.
Sunil played a vital role in India’s successful outing at the FIH Champions Trophy in London where the team earned a historic silver medal. Considered to be one of the fastest men on the pitch in the world, Sunil has also served as the team’s vice-captain and is entrusted with the duty of leading by example.
The Kodagu player thanked the AHF for the award stating that it’s a big boost to be named the Asian Player of the Year.
Harmanpreet had a stupendous 2016 with India winning the Junior World Cup where he led the team’s defence and was instrumental in converting penalty corners. He was also part of the Indian men’s team at the 2016 Rio Olympics and the FIH Champions Trophy in London.
Hockey India President Mariamma Koshy congratulated the players for the coveted awards.