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Hockey Belgium Sad with FIH Hockey Stars Awards as India Sweep All Classes

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Hockey Belgium expressed their disappointment over the outcomes of the FIH Hockey Stars Awards 2020-21 on Wednesday regardless of their males’s staff profitable the gold medal on the Tokyo Olympics. Indian hockey stars swept all of the classes within the awards with Belgium ending runners-up in three classes. Athletes Gurjit Kaur (Finest Participant, Girls), Harmanpreet Singh (Finest Participant, Males), Savita (Finest Goalkeeper, Girls), PR Sreejesh (Finest Goalkeeper, Males), Sharmila Devi (Finest Rising Star, Girls) and Vivek Prasad (Finest Rising Star, Males) in addition to the coaches of India’s ladies’s staff, Sjoerd Marijne (NED) and India’s males’s staff, Graham Reid (AUS) grabbed the best variety of votes of their respective classes.

Hockey Belgium made a put up on social media stating their disappointment and mentioned it was a “failure of the voting system”. They mentioned they’ll work with the world governing physique to create a “fairer” system.

“Hockey Belgium could be very upset with the result of @FIH_Hockey Star Awards. A gold profitable staff with a number of nominees in all classes however doesn’t win a single award demonstrates failure of the voting system. We’ll work with FIH to make sure a fairer system sooner or later,” they tweeted.

Netherlands, who gained the ladies’s occasion, solely completed runners-up in two classes.

With no FIH Hockey Stars Awards in 2020 as a result of impression of the COVID-19 world well being pandemic on the worldwide calendar, this yr’s awards lined the interval from January 2020 by way of to the conclusion of the Olympic Video games Tokyo 2020. The voting course of began on 23 August and concluded on 15 September 2021. Votes from Nationwide Associations – represented by their respective nationwide captains and coaches – counted for 50% of the general end result, whereas followers and gamers (25%) in addition to media (25%) made the opposite half of the votes.

RESULTS – WOMEN

FIH Participant of the 12 months:

1. Gurjit Kaur (IND)

2. Eva de Goede (NED)

3. Frédérique Matla (NED)

4. Agustina Albertarrio (ARG)

5. Agustina Gorzelany (ARG)

6. Maria Verschoor (NED)

FIH Goalkeeper of the 12 months:

1. Savita (IND)

2. Belén Succi (ARG)

3. Maddie Hinch (GBR/ENG)

FIH Rising Star of the 12 months:

1. Sharmila Devi (IND)

2. Valentina Raposo (ARG)

3. Fiona Crackles (GBR/ENG)

FIH Coach of the 12 months:

1. Sjoerd Marijne (NED – Group IND)

2. Alyson Annan (AUS – Group NED)

3. Mark Hager (AUS – Group GBR/ENG)

RESULTS – MEN

FIH Participant of the 12 months:

1. Harmanpreet Singh (IND)

2. Alexander Hendrickx (BEL)

3. Arthur van Doren (BEL)

4. Aran Zalewski (AUS)

5. Tim Model (AUS)

6. Jake Whetton (AUS)

FIH Goalkeeper of the 12 months:

1. PR Sreejesh (IND)

2. Vincent Vanasch (BEL)

3. Andrew Constitution (AUS)

FIH Rising Star of the 12 months:

1. Vivek Prasad (IND)

2. Mustaphaa Cassiem (RSA)

3. Sean Findlay (NZL)

FIH Coach of the 12 months:

1. Graham Reid (AUS – Group IND)

2. Shane McLeod (NZL – Group BEL)

3. Colin Batch (AUS)

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