Hockey India nominates PR Sreejesh for Rajiv Khel Ratna Award, 3 others for Arjuna Award

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New Delhi: Ace India goalkeeper PR Sreejesh has been nominated for the prestigious Rajiv Khel Ratna Award by Hockey India while the names of three other players have been proposed for the Arjuna Award.

Midfielder Chinglensana Singh Kangujam, forward Akashdeep Singh and women’s team defender Deepika have been nominated for the Arjuna Award.

Besides, the Hockey India has also nominated RP Singh and Sandeep Kaur for Dhyan Chand Award for Lifetime Achievement, while coaches Baljeet Singh, BS Chauhan, and Romesh Pathania have been proposed for Dronacharya Award.

Sreejesh has won a gold medal at the 2014 Asian Games, bronze at the 2018 Asian Games, silver at the 2016 and 2018 editions of the Champions Trophy. He was nominated for the Best Male Goalkeeper of the Year award by FIH in 2014. The ace goalkeeper has previously been awarded the Arjuna Award in 2015 and the Padma Shri in 2017.

Chinglensana, currently the vice-captain of the Indian team, has played in over 200 international matches since making his debut in 2011. He has won a silver at the 2013 Asia Cup, gold at the 2014 Asian Games, silver at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, gold at the 2017 Asia Cup, bronze at the 2017 FIH World League Final, silver at the 2018 Champions Trophy, bronze at the 2018 Asian Games and gold at the 2018 Asian Champions Trophy.

The 24-year-old Akashdeep has played in over 170 matches for the country since making his debut in 2012. He had won a gold at the 2014 Asian Games, silver at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, bronze at the 2015 FIH World League Final, gold at the 2017 Asia Cup, bronze at the 2017 FIH World League Final, bronze at the 2018 Asian Games and gold at the 2018 Asian Champions Trophy.

Indian women’s team defender Deepika has represented the country at the World Cup thrice — 2006, 2010 and 2018. She has earned over 200 international caps and won gold at the 2017 Asia Cup.

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