New Delhi: International Hockey Federation (FIH) on Thursday announced Olympic silver medallist John-John Dohmen of Belgium as the male Players of the Year for 2016. In the women’s, retiring Netherlands star Naomi Van As adjudged female Player of the Year for outstanding performance in 2016.
FIH president Narinder Batra on Thursday announced awards for different categories on the basis of players performance in 2016.
Britain’s Olympic gold medallist Maddie Hinch adjudged the female Goalkeeper of the Year. While David Harte of Ireland crowned the best goalkeeper in the world for the second year in a row.
Belgium men’s Rio 2016 Olympic Games medal success turned big factor in the nation’s athletes picking up two awards. With Dohmen’s compatriot, Arthur van Doren named the male Rising Star of the Year (aged 23 years and under).
Maria Granatto from Argentina picked up the title of the female Rising Star of the Year. She picked after a hugely successful period which saw her team win the 2016 Hockey Champions Trophy. In the competition, she got Best Junior Player, as well as being crowned Hockey Junior World Cup champions in November.
The coaching team who guided the Britain women’s team to their first ever Olympic gold medal also recognised as Danny Kerry and Karen Brown adjudged the male and female Coach of the Year respectively. Brown won the award for the second consecutive year.
Meanwhile, Christian Blasch of Germany chosen by the FIH Umpiring Committee as best official among the year for 2016.
Laurine Delforge of Belgium, the youngest official to take part in the hockey competition at the Rio Olympics. She was chosen as the women’s Umpire of the Year.
“Sincere congratulations to all of the award winners today. I am delightful that this stunning event gave them the global recognition that they deserve,” FIH president Narinder Batra said in a statement.