New Delhi: Indian girls’s workforce captain Rani Rampal on Thursday turned the first-ever hockey participant world-wide to win the distinguished ‘World Video games Athlete of the Yr’ award.
The World Video games introduced the winner on Thursday after 20 days of polling by sports activities followers world-wide.
“Indian hockey famous person Rani is The World Video games Athlete of the Yr 2019! Big congratulations!,” the World Video games mentioned in a press release.
“With a formidable variety of votes, 199,477, Rani is the clear winner of the Athlete of the Yr race, the place sports activities followers everywhere in the world have voted for his or her favorite throughout 20 days of polling in January. All in all, over 705,610 votes have been forged through the ballot,” it added.
Final yr, India received the FIH Collection Finals, and Rani was named Participant of the Match. Beneath Rani’s management, the Indian girls’s workforce certified for simply the third Olympic Video games in its historical past.
“I dedicate this award to the complete hockey fraternity, my workforce and my nation. This success has solely turn into potential with the love and assist from hockey lovers, followers, my workforce, coaches, Hockey India, my authorities, buddies from Bollywood, fellow sportspersons and my countrymen who’ve constantly voted for me,” mentioned Rani, who was not too long ago named among the many Padma Shri awardees.
“Particular due to FIH for nominating me for this prestigious award. Thanks to The World Video games Federation for this recognition,” she added.
“Rani is an inspirational athlete, and a task mannequin for a lot of in India. It was superb to see the assist the Indians, whilst excessive up as Mr Rijiju, the Minister of State, Youth Affairs and Sports activities, gave to her on this vote along with the Hockey followers all all over the world. That is what sport is about: uniting folks from completely different backgrounds and completely different international locations,” mentioned Worldwide World Video games Affiliation President Jose Perurena.
The Worldwide Hockey Federation additionally congratulated Rani on being named for the award.
“Congratulations @imranirampal for changing into the primary ever Hockey athlete to win the distinguished @TheWorldGames Athlete of the Yr award!” the FIH, who nominated Rani for the award, mentioned in its twitter deal with.
“On behalf of FIH and the worldwide hockey neighborhood, I wish to lengthen our warmest congratulations to Rani for having been voted The World Video games Athlete of the Yr 2019. That is an acknowledgement of her excellent performances – collectively along with her team-mates – and her dedication to hockey and her management,” FIH CEO Thierry Weil mentioned.
“This prestigious Award can also be an important recognition for hockey globally. Moreover, we’re working arduous for and searching ahead to having Hockey 5s as an illustration sport at The World Video games 2021.”
A complete of 25 athletes have been nominated for this award from their respective sports activities by their worldwide federations.
The FIH has beneficial Rani’s identify for her excellent performances and her skill to guide by instance.
Second within the race with over 92,000 votes was Karate star Stanislav Horuna of Ukraine and Canadian powerlifting world champion Rhaea Stinn.