Hockey India Annual Awards 2023: Hardik Singh and Salima Tete honoured with Balbir Singh Sr. Award

The Hockey India Annual Awards 2023 were held on Sunday in New Delhi to honour various hockey players and officials for their achievements.

Hardik Singh in a file photo (Image Credits - Instagram/ @hardikrai16)
By Saket Sonwane | Apr 2, 2024 | 4 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

The Hockey India Annual Awards 2023 was held in New Delhi on 31st March where various hockey players and officials were awarded for their achievements in hockey. The biggest awards of the night were the Hockey India Balbir Singh Sr. Awards for Player of the Year.

Two exceptionally talented players, Hardik Singh and Salima Tete, have received the prestigious Hockey India Balbir Singh Sr. Award. Hardik Singh has won the Hockey India Ajit Pal Singh Award for Midfielder of the Year. Additionally, he received the Hockey India Balbir Singh Sr. Award for Player of the Year 2023. He was also declared the 2023 FIH Player of the Year recently, which comes as no surprise. There’s no denying the remarkable accomplishments of these players, and their contributions to the sport of hockey are truly unforgettable.

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The Hockey India Award ceremony’s 6th edition was a grand event that saw the presence of many prominent personalities in Indian hockey. At the ceremony, they presented Shri Ashok Kumar with the prestigious Hockey India Major Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award. Hardik Singh and Salima Tete were the recipients of the Hockey India Balbir Singh Sr. Award for Player of the Year 2023 in the men’s and women’s categories, respectively. These awards are a testament to the players’ exceptional skills and contributions to the sport.

Hockey India Award 2023 consisted total prize pool of 7.56 crores. The ceremony started with the speech of the Secretary-General of Hockey India Shri Bhola Nath Singh, where he gave a warm welcome to the respected guests, celebrities, and hockey stars.

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Hardik Singh has been a key player for the Indian Men’s Hockey Team since the beginning of his career. He is well-known for his talent and strategic thinking on the field. Singh’s hard work and dedication have played a vital role in the team’s recent success. On the other hand, Salima Tete, who won the Hockey India Balbir Singh Sr. Award for Player of the Year for Women, has been a significant asset to the Indian Women’s Hockey Team. Tete’s exceptional skills and strategic play have contributed significantly to the team’s recent climb in international rankings.

Early Career of Hardik Singh

Hardik Singh is a professional field hockey player from the Punjab region of India, born on September 23rd, 1998. His dedication to the sport and his skills as a defender and midfielder have made him well-known. Singh’s family has a strong hockey background, with his father, Varinderpreet Singh, also having played for the Indian national team, and several other family members representing India in the sport. In 2018, Hardik Singh made his debut for India’s senior team at the Hero Asian Champions Trophy in Muscat, and he has since played an important role in India’s international successes. He was part of the team that won a bronze medal at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

Early Career of Salima Tete

Salima Tete is an Indian hockey player born on December 26, 2001, in Jharkhand. She is known for her excellent defence skills. In 2018, Salima captained the Indian junior team that won a silver medal at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires. She played a key role in India’s victory over the United States in the FIH Olympic Qualifiers and has been a strong performer in recent years. Salima was one of India’s top players at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics where the team finished fourth. She is the second player from Jharkhand to compete in the Olympics, after Nikki Pradhan. Salima was also part of the Indian team that finished third at the 2022 Women’s Asia Cup.

Other Award Winners in Hockey India Awards 2023

The Hockey India Annual Awards 2023 was a ceremony that acknowledged the contributions of players, coaches, and officials across all levels of Indian hockey. The event also honoured other deserving players and legends of Indian hockey. Ashok Kumar, a very talented hockey player, was presented with the Hockey India Major Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award. Awards were also presented in various other categories. There were the following award winners of Hockey India Awards 2023

  • Hockey India Major Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award: Ashok Kumar
  • Hockey India Balbir Singh Sr Award for Player of The Year (Men): Hardik Singh
  • Hockey India Balbir Singh Sr Award for Player of The Year (Women): Salima Tete
  • Hockey India Baljit Singh Award for Goalkeeper of the Year: PR Sreejesh
  • Hockey India Pargat Singh Award for Defender of the Year: Harmanpreet Singh
  • Hockey India Ajit Pal Singh Award for Midfielder of the Year: Hardik Singh
  • Hockey India Dhanraj Pillay Award for Forward of the Year: Abhishek
  • Hockey India Asunta Lakra Award for Upcoming Player of the Year for Women – Under 21: Deepika Soreng
  • Hockey India Jugraj Singh Award for Upcoming Player of the Year for Men – Under 21: Araijeet Singh Hundal

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