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Good News Hockey captain Manpreet becomes first Indian to win FIH Men's Player of th Year award
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National men’s hockey team captain Manpreet Singh Thursday became the first Indian to win the International Hockey Federation’s (FIH) Player of the Year award.

The awards, which were introduced in 1999, saw the 27-year-old midfielder, polling a total of 35.2 per cent votes (from national associations, media, fans and players), edging out Arthur van Dorren of Belgium (19.7 per cent) and Lucas Villa of Argentina (16.5 per cent).

Manpreet, who made his debut in 2011, and now has 260 international appearances under his belt, learnt the basics of the game at the hockey stadium at Mithapur village in Jalandhar.

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