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Winners would have remained similar with out followers’ participation: FIH CEO on Indians sweeping hockey awards


The Worldwide Hockey Federation (FIH) will create a process drive to work on its world awards choice course of that prompted “anger” and “disappointment” this yr however its CEO Thierry Weil has asserted that the winners — all of them Indians — wouldn’t have been totally different even with out followers’ votes.

India swept the FIH annual awards final Wednesday, claiming all prime honours primarily based on a voting system which was lambasted as a “failure” by males’s Olympic champions Belgium, prompting the worldwide physique to say that it will attempt to determine why some associations didn’t forged their poll.

Many from throughout hockey world questioned whether it is actually a good suggestion to have followers voting for an award which is supposed to outline the very best athletes and coaches from a technical perspective.

Nonetheless, the award winners topped every of the voting teams that additionally concerned the nationwide associations and media.

“Our general technique at FIH is to place athletes and followers on the centre of the whole lot we do. So, it’s important to present followers an choice to specific their views. If on this regard the present course of is the best one or not, is one thing we might want to analyse after all,” Weil stated in an interview revealed by FIH.

Votes from Nationwide Associations — represented by their respective captains and coaches — accounted for 50 per cent of the general end result, whereas followers and gamers (25 per cent) in addition to media (25 per cent) made the opposite half of the votes.

It’s to be famous that solely 19 associations from the 42-strong European bloc forged their votes, in comparison with 29 out of 33 in Asia.

“…clearly we have to contain the followers by some means. In any case, due to this vote, we can have the chance to have interaction with virtually 300,000 followers. This isn’t solely good for India – the place most of those followers are coming from – however for the expansion of our sport general and due to this fact the entire hockey group.

“Additionally, as we’ve talked about on the day of the vote, all successful athletes have topped the standings in every of the three voting teams. In different phrases, even when followers wouldn’t have voted, the successful athletes would have been the identical.”

5 Indian gamers and the pinnacle coaches of each the lads’s and girls’s groups in Tokyo Olympics claimed the highest honours throughout totally different classes after fetching the utmost votes. The boys’s hockey crew had received a bronze, its first in 41 years, on the Video games, whereas the ladies’s facet had completed an unprecedented fourth within the showpiece.

Requested if the voting course of will stay the identical sooner or later, Weil talked about forming a process drive.

“I can’t reply this query earlier than we do a radical evaluation. However I can inform you that we’ll work on the longer term Stars Awards with the worldwide hockey group.

“We’ll have interaction with many stakeholders to provide you with a course of which receives the help of most, after which go together with it for subsequent yr.

“These awards are right here to advertise hockey, athletes and coaches. It isn’t good for anyone in the event that they result in controversy. I’ve already engaged with just a few and can proceed to take action. We’ll most definitely create a process drive to take a look at this.”

He’s “satisfied” that everybody concerned with the sport will attain consensus and have fun these awards sooner or later.

Weil agreed that the absence of gamers from the Olympic gold medallists groups had been sure to trigger disappointment and anger.

“If, in an Olympic yr, the gold medallists don’t win any award and one other nation will get all of them, it’s clear that this received’t come throughout nicely. Subsequently, I after all do perceive the frustration and likewise, to some extent, the anger, particularly of the groups involved.

“On the similar time, I wish to congratulate the winners. They had been all nominated by an skilled committee fabricated from FIH, FIH Athletes Committee and excessive efficiency representatives and due to this fact had been as a lot entitled because the others to win.

“And each Indian groups had a unbelievable efficiency on the Olympic Video games Tokyo 2020. I assume that the pure pleasure which they need to rightly really feel by successful such an award could have been altered by all this, and that isn’t good both,” Weil stated.

India’s Harmanpreet Singh received the lads’s Participant of the Yr award and Gurjit Kaur was recognised as the very best participant within the girls’s part.

Veteran P R Sreejesh and Savita Punia received the very best goalkeeper awards within the males’s and girls’s part, whereas younger striker Sharmila Devi (girls) and Vivek Sagar Prasad (males) had been adjudged finest rising stars.

When requested whether or not the present voting course of is true, Weil stated it entails the sport’s stakeholders although he didn’t name it the perfect one. He additionally stated the voting course of was roughly the identical final yr too.

“There have been two variations. We made it obligatory for the nationwide associations that their votes ought to come from their nationwide crew coaches and captains; I consider that everyone will agree that this was the best factor to do with a view to improve the technical legitimacy of the vote.

“Secondly, the voting course of for the coaches was the identical because the one for the athletes this time (whereas the FIH Coach of the Yr Award was decided by an FIH panel beforehand).”

Weil was requested why virtually half of the nationwide associations (NAs) didn’t take the chance to vote.

“I’ve personally contacted a number of members of the hockey group to warn them about this example, and I do know they had been lively.

“However nonetheless, many nationwide associations didn’t forged their vote. Clearly this had by far the largest impression on the outcomes. In case you arrange a jury however half of this jury doesn’t vote, how are you going to count on that individuals will unanimously settle for the outcomes?

“In our evaluation, we must set up why this example occurred.”

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