It’s weird for Vivek Sagar Prasad to be nominated for the FIH Rising Star of the Year award, he says. At the Tokyo Olympics, the 21-year-old was a member of India’s historic bronze-medal-winning team. In the 2019 season, he has already earned the award.
- Vivek Sagar Prasad, a midfielder for the Indian men’s hockey team, has been nominated for the FIH Rising Star of the Year award for the second time in his career.
- The 21-year-old was a key member of the team that won a record bronze medal in the Tokyo Olympics earlier this month.
- The squad had not won an Olympic medal in almost four decades.
Vivek Sagar Prasad, a midfielder for the Indian men’s hockey team, thinks it’s surreal to be nominated for the FIH Rising Star of the Year award for the second time in his career, after winning it in the 2019-20 season.
Prasad was a key member of the team that won a record bronze medal in the Tokyo Olympics earlier this month. The squad had not won an Olympic medal in almost four decades.
“This is something I never expected to happen again. It’s strange to be nominated in the same category (FIH Rising Star of the Year Awards) for the second time “In a statement released by Hockey India, Prasad, who is one of the six players nominated, said.
“I found out late at night when I received texts from my pals congratulating me on my achievement. It’s somewhat daunting, to be honest.”
Following their outstanding performance in Tokyo, the Indian hockey team was named to the FIH Awards 2020-21 shortlist in all categories.
The 21-year-old midfielder, who was instrumental in the campaign, credited his selections to his senior teammates.
“…it’s the consequence of teamwork and veteran players’ help. Senior players have been the greatest source of encouragement for me since my debut “he stated
“They’ve let me play my natural game without fear or pressure, and that’s the main reason why I’m in contention for the 2019 FIH Rising Star of the Year Award, which I may win for the second time.”
“The feeling of winning an Olympic medal hasn’t fully sunk in yet,” Prasad added.
“I’m still amazed that I was a member of the Olympic medal-winning team. Every athlete’s ambition, and I am truly happy to be able to realize it at the age of 21 “he stated
“However, we must keep in mind that this is only the beginning, and there is still more to be done. We’ve lifted the bar, and now we must raise it even higher. There will be more obstacles in the future, and we must be completely prepared for them.”
Bronze Medallist of #Tokyo2020 #Olympics Indian Hockey player Sh. Vivek Sagar Prasad was felicitated @ CISF unit SPM Hoshangabad. Sh. Vivek Sagar Prasad shared his inspiring story of hard-work, dedication & passion. pic.twitter.com/BjxYbuCVWt— CISF (@CISFHQrs) August 22, 2021
MP has produced many Olympians and I got opportunity to carry forward this ritual with this Olympic’s medal.I’m so lucky to have a CM @ChouhanShivraj sir who’s known for sportslover and supporter as well it’s my privilege to meet you sir and thanks for your blessing and support🙏 pic.twitter.com/Y3S2rUaup6— Vivek Sagar prasad (@VivekSagarpras1) August 17, 2021