Manpreet nominated for the FIH Player of Year award; Vivek, Lalremsiami in race for the Rising Star award

Lausanne, December 6 () The Indian men's hockey captain, Manpreet Singh, was nominated on Friday for the Player of the Year award by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) after taking the country to a place in the Olympic Games of Tokyo

Two other Indian players, Vivek Prasad and Lalremsiami, were also nominated for the FIH Rising Star of the Year Male and Female Prize, respectively.

Manpreet, 27, a veteran of 242 international matches, is the centerpiece of the Indian team. Under his captaincy, India beat Russia 11-3 together in Bhubaneswar last month to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.

Prasad, a 19-year-old midfielder, led the Indian team at the Youth Olympic Games last year, where the country won a silver medal. He was also named the best young player in the FIH Series Finals this year.

Lalremsiami, a forward, was part of the women's silver team of the Asian Games. She is also 19 years old.

Australians Eddie Ockenden and Aran Zalewski, Argentina's Lucas Vila and Belgians Arthur Van Doren and Victor Wegnez were the other five nominees for the prestigious FIH Player of the Year award.

Ockenden, a 32-year veteran of 340 games, and Zalewski led the Australian team in their country's multiplayer captaincy policy and were part of the winning team of the 2019 FIH Pro League. Zalewski was named the best player in the tournament.

Vila was part of the Argentine team that won gold at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and the 2019 Pan American Games.

The Belgian duo of Van Doren and Wegnez played an important role in the victory of the 2018 World Cup title of their country and second place in the final of the 2019 FIH Pro League.

National associations, players, fans and journalists from around the world can vote for the prize.

The votes of the national associations, which will include the votes of some international athletes and coaches, will count for 50 percent of the overall result, while fans and players (25 percent), as well as the media (25 percent) will the other half of the votes, the FIH said in a statement.

Voting is open until January 17, 2020. The winners of all FIH Hockey Stars 2019 Awards, which also include the FIH Coach of the Year, will be announced in February 2020, he added.

The FIH Coach of the Year for men and women will not be voted, but will be elected by an FIH panel.

The nominees:

Mens:

FIH Player of the Year: Manpreet Singh (India), Eddie Ockenden (Australia), Aran Zalewski (Australia), Lucas Vila (Argentina), Arthur Van Doren (Belgium), Victor Wegnez (Belgium)

FIH Goalkeeper of the Year: Tyler Lovell (Australia), Vincent Vanasch (Belgium), David Carter (Canada), Quico Cortes (Spain), Victor Aly (Germany)

FIH Rising Star of the Year (U-23): Vivek Prasad (India), Maico Casella (Argentina), Blake Govers (Australia), Zachary Wallace (Great Britain), Jonas de Geus (Netherlands)

Woman:

FIH Player of the Year:

Carla Rebecchi (Argentina), Janne Müller-Wieland (Germany), Eva de Goede (Netherlands), Frederique Matla (Netherlands), Stacey Michelsen (New Zealand), Olivia Merry (New Zealand)

Goalkeeper of the Year FIH: Rachael Lynch (Australia), Maria Ruiz (Spain), Mathilde Petriaux (France), Ayeisha McFerran (Ireland), Megumi Kageyama (Japan) Emerging Star of the Year FIH (U-23): Lalremsiami (India), Julieta Jankunas (Argentina), Zhong Jiaqi (China), Nike Lorenz (Germany), Frederique Matla (Netherlands). PDS PM PM

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