New Delhi: In a first for Indian hockey, the national federation on Monday decided to have the 'Hockey India Annual Awards' wherein the top players in the men's and women's categories will walk away with a prize money of Rs 25 lakh each. (Read: India Stun World Champions Australia for Historic Test Series Win)
Hockey India will be identifying and rewarding the most promising and potent players from the current as well as upcoming teams.
Speaking on the announcement, Hockey India Secretary General Md Mushtaque Ahmad said, "It is huge leap that we at Hockey India are preparing for. These awards are not only focused towards the welfare of the players but will ultimately help in boosting the morale of the players and motivating them to perform even better.