ANTWERP - 2019 Test Matches: India Belgium v India Photo: Akashdeep Singh WORLDSPORTPICS COPYRIGHT FRANK UIJLENBROEK

Akashdeep Singh delighted to get Arjuna award

Acknowledging the contribution his teammates made in his and Indian hockey workforce’s success, ahead Akashdeep Singh on Thursday stated he’s delighted and honoured to be chosen for the Arjuna award. Akashdeep, who has performed 194 matches for the nationwide facet, has been a part of a number of cherishable performances within the final 4 years — the FIH Olympic Qualifiers win towards Russia final yr, the bronze medal successful present on the Asian Games and successful the FIH Series Finals.

“I am extremely delighted and honoured to be conferred with the Arjuna Award,” Akashdeep stated in a media launch.

“I have been very fortunate to be playing for my country since December 2012 and I am very grateful for playing alongside a fantastic bunch of players. I wouldn’t have been able to contribute to the Indian team’s victories if I hadn’t received the wonderful support from all of my teammates,” he added.

The 25-year-old additionally thanked his household and Hockey India for guiding him all through his profession.

When requested about the perfect moments from his profession, Akashdeep stated that he loved being a part of India’s success on the males’s FIH Series Finals and Olympic Qualifiers final yr.

“The atmosphere in the stadium on the day we qualified for the Tokyo Olympics was electrifying. All athletes play their respective sports for these moments and I hope I experience more such moments in the rest of my career,” stated the 25-year-old,” he stated.