Bengaluru, 20 November (HS). Indian women’s hockey team goalkeeper Savita, on being nominated for the third consecutive time in the Goalkeeper of the Year category at the FIH Hockey Stars Awards, said that she never thought that she would win this award twice in a row and now will be nominated again for the third time. Savita, who won the FIH awards in 2021 and 2022, said her achievement is the result of teamwork.
Speaking to Hockey India on being nominated for the FIH Women’s Goalkeeper of the Year Award 2023, Savita said, “I never thought that I would win this award for two consecutive years, and be nominated again. I am feeling really great and it is a proud moment for me, my family and my teammates too. When I started playing, I never thought I would come this far and it’s all because of the support of my family and my teammates.”
He said, “In team sports, any achievement is not based on individual efforts but is the result of teamwork. It’s great to be recognized for your hard work and it motivates the entire team.”Savita has led India to several important wins in recent years, including the title win at the inaugural FIH Hockey Women’s Nations Cup 2022 in Spain. , which helped India gain promotion to the FIH Pro League 2023-24.
She then led the team to win a bronze medal at the Asian Games Hangzhou 2022 and followed it up with a title win at the recently held Jharkhand Women’s Asian Champions Trophy Ranchi 2023. Under his captaincy, India also achieved its best world ranking (No. 6) with 2368.83 points.
Savita said, “It has been an amazing season for us. I am proud of how we overcame the obstacles that came our way. We have gotten better with each game. Even the young players have shown great determination; He has worked hard and given his all.”
With the focus on the upcoming FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers, the Indian women will aim for a top three finish in the tournament to secure their qualification for the Paris 2024 Olympics. The Olympic qualifiers are to be held in Ranchi from January 13 to 19.
India have been placed in Pool B along with New Zealand, the United States and Italy. Pool A includes Germany, Japan, Chile and Czech Republic. The top two teams from each group will advance to the semi-finals and the top three teams will ensure their qualification for the Paris Olympics.