Hockey India today announced the recommended players for the esteemed Arjuna Award and Dhyan Chand Award 2016. VR Raghunath, Dharamvir Singh, and Ritu Rani have been recommended for the Arjuna Award, while Sylvanus Dung Dung has been recommended for the Major Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award.
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V.R Raghunath made his debut in the senior men's squad in 2005 during the bi-lateral series against Pakistan. He has since been an integral part of the national team's defence structure and is counted as one of the best drag-flickers in the country. He was a part of the Indian team that won the Bronze in the 2007 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, Silver in 2008, Gold in the 2007 Asia Cup, with Silver in 2013 Asia Cup where he scored six goals for India. He was one of the key members of the squad in the 2014 Asian Games where India won the Gold after nearly three decades and secured an Olympic berth.
Likewise, Dharamvir Singh too has been an asset to the team and was part of the Asian Games Gold medal winning team along with the Silver medal at the Commonwealth Games 2014 and the Bronze medal at 24th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. As a midfielder, Dharamvir has been a pillar of strength to the Indian defenders and provides the forward line with opportunities with his exemplary skill set.
Ritu Rani, on the other hand, has been an extraordinary talent and a fine Captain who led the team from the front, and helped achieve the much-awaited Rio Olympic berth. As a senior member of the squad, she has inspired several youngsters to take up the sport. Indian eves' last outing in the Summer Olympic Games games was in 1980, Moscow.
Meanwhile, Coach C.R Kumar has for long served Indian hockey with diligence and hard work, and has been rewarded with a Dronacharya Award recommendation. He is best known for guiding the Indian junior men’s hockey team to glory in the 2011 Junior World Cup in Hobart when he had served as the team’s Head Coach. He has also served as Assistant Coach of the Indian Senior Men's Team at the 1998 Utrecht World Cup and 2002 Kuala Lumpur World Cup. In recent years, he has been closely working with foreign Chief Coach Neil Hawgood as the Coach of the senior women's hockey team.
(Credits: Hockey India)