Chinglensana Singh Kangujam, an Indian field hockey player from Manipur has been nominated among 19 sportspersons for the coveted Arjuna Award 2019.
The 27-year-old Singh who plays as a halfback made his debut in the Indian Hockey team in 2012. He plays for Dabang Mumbai in the Hockey India League.
Singh was a stand-by player for the 2011 Champions Trophy in Ordos City. He was a part of the team that competed at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, finishing second, and a ninth-place finish at the 2014 World Cup. In the same year, he won the gold medal with the team at the Asian Games in Incheon.
After making his debut, he won his first medal with the senior team at the 2013 Asia Cup where the team bagged a silver medal. He was also a member of the team that won silver at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. His first gold medal came at the 2014 Asian Games when India beat Pakistan 4-2 in the final.
Singh will receive the honour from the President of India Ram Nath Kovind on the National Sports Day on August 29th, 2019. National Sports Day is celebrated to commemorate the legendary Indian hockey player Major Dhyan Chand’s birth anniversary.
Every year on National Sports Day, sportspersons across the country promote the importance of sports and fitness. On the other hand, major awards including Khel Ratna, Arjuna Awards and Dronacharya Awards and Dhyan Chand Award are presented to deserving athletes.
Singh is the only northeastern this year to receive the Arjuna Award among others including Tajinder Pal Singh Toor (athletics), Mohammed Anas Yahiya (athletics), S Bhaskaran (bodybuilding), Sonia Lather (boxing), Ravindra Jadeja (cricket), Ajay Thakur (kabaddi), Gaurav Singh Gill (motorsports), Pramod Bhagat (para sports-badminton), Anjum Moudgil (shooting), Harmeet Rajul Desai (table tennis), Pooja Dhanda (wrestling), Fouaad Mirza (equestrian), Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (football), Poonam Yadav (cricket), Swapna Burman (athletics), Sundar Singh Gurjar (para sports-athletics), Bhamidipati Sai Praneeth (badminton), Simran Singh Shergill (polo).
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