National team captain P.R. Sreejesh and Harmanpreet Singh were the only two Indians in the 30-strong list of nominees for the 2016 Hockey Stars Awards, the annual prizes recognising the best players, goalkeepers, rising stars, coaches and umpires in the game over a given calendar year.
Sreejesh is a contender for the goalkeeper of the year award, while upcoming defender Harmanpreet is a part of the list for the rising star of the year, which is a category for U-23 players.
There were no Indian contenders for the player of the year award in both the men’s and women’s categories. The nominees’ list for the coach of the year is also bereft of Indians.
The announcement was made during the Hockey Revolution Part 2 conference which is currently taking place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) said in a statement on Saturday.
Sreejesh, who took over the captaincy from veteran midfielder Sardar Singh in July this year, led the Indian team to the quarter-finals of the Rio Olympics the following month.
The 20-year-old Harmanpreet, who is also a penalty corner specialist, was a member of the Indian squad at the Olympics.