Odisha’s VK Pandian has been honored with the prestigious FIH President’s Award 2023 for his outstanding contributions to the sport of hockey. The award is a recognition of Pandian’s commitment to the development and growth of hockey in India and his efforts to promote the sport globally.
VK Pandian is a well-known name in the world of hockey, and his contributions to the sport have been widely recognized. He has been at the forefront of hockey development in India and has played a crucial role in the growth of the sport in the country. His tireless efforts have helped to promote the sport and encourage young people to take up the sport.
The FIH President’s Award is one of the highest honors in the world of hockey, and its recipient is selected based on their contributions to the sport. Pandian’s receipt of the award is a testament to his dedication and commitment to the sport, and his unwavering efforts to promote hockey in India and around the world.
Pandian’s award is also a recognition of the contribution of Odisha to the sport of hockey. The state has been at the forefront of hockey development in India and has produced some of the best players in the country. The state government has also been supportive of the sport and has taken several initiatives to promote it and encourage young people to take up the sport.
The FIH President’s Award honours individuals, National Associations, or other organisations for valuable services to hockey, whether direct or indirect, or initiatives that have had a significant impact on international hockey.
The FIH President stated that they had witnessed a truly extraordinary phase in Odisha. Not only were the state-of-the-art facilities impressive, but so was the love displayed by the Odisha people for hockey, both for the Indian team and for the opposing teams.
VK Pandian expressed his gratitude and humility upon receiving the FIH President’s Award. He sees himself as the representative of Team Odisha, which worked tirelessly to ensure the World Cup was a huge success.