Amazon Quiz: Which Indian sportsperson won the prestigious ‘World Games Athlete of the Year’ for his 2021 performances?

PR Sreejesh

PV Sindhu

Neeraj Chopra

Hima Das

Answer: PR Sreejesh

In January, veteran India hockey goalkeeper PR Sreejesh won the World Games Athlete of the Year for his 2021 performances, beating sport climber Alberto Ginés López of Spain and Italy’s wushu player Michele Giordano.

“I’m very honoured to win this award. First of all, a big thank you to FIH for nominating me for this award, and secondly thanks to all the Indian hockey lovers around the world, who voted for me,” Sreejesh said in a statement after the win, 

The 33-year-old is a former India hockey captain and part of the Tokyo Olympics-bronze medal winning side.

He received 1,27,647 votes, whereas Lopez and Giordane accumulated 67,428 and 52,046 votes respectively.

“By getting nominated I did my part, but the rest was done by the fans and hockey lovers. So, this award goes to them, and I think they deserve this award more than me. It’s a big moment for Indian hockey as well because everyone in the hockey community, all the hockey federations around the world voted for me, so it’s great to see that support from the hockey family,” Sreejesh said.

Dedicating the honour to his teammates and the behind-the-scenes support system that propelled the side to the podium in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, he said, “I am a person who doesn’t believe in individual awards, especially when you are part of a team. It’s not only the team of 33 players, but you have a lot of people involved behind as well, there’s coaching staff, there’s support staff, there’s a great association like Hockey India who is supporting you a lot.”

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