New Delhi, 14 August 2015: Hockey India today congratulated PR Sreejesh the Vice Captain of the Indian Men Hockey team and who is even regarded as the Wall of Indian hockey in recent times, for being nominated to receive the prestigious Arjuna Award this year.
PR Sreejesh the goalkeeper and Vice Captain of the team, hails from Kerala and made his debut with the Indian Men team in the year 2006 at the South Asian Games held in Colombo that year. Since then there is no looking back for the versatile and agile goalie, as he had gone on to be regarded as the backbone of the Indian defence and has successfully held the fort strong on many occasions. It was because of his vital contribution that India won the Gold in the 17th Asian Games last year, when the Final match against Pakistan entered the nail biting penalty shoot out phase. His coolness and not allowing pressure to take the better of him resulted in the opponents unable to find the nets, resulting in the shootout and the game going in India’s favour by 4-2. The win ensured that India not only won the Gold but even booked a berth to the upcoming RIO Olympics 2016. PR Sreejesh was also part of the Silver Medal finishing team during the XX Commonwealth Games held in 2014.
Congratulating PR Sreejesh on the momentous occasion, Mohd Mushtaque Ahmad, Secretary General, Hockey India said “Sreejesh has always made us proud of him, be it his strong play on the field or his cool under pressure situations or his way of motivating his team members during the game, everything about him gives a very positive energy. Today on this occasion where he has been the chosen one for the prestigious Arjuna Award, we at Hockey India take this opportunity to congratulate him and hope to see him winning more such awards in the future”.
PR Sreejesh will receive the award from the Honorable President Pranab Mukherjee on 29 August 2015.