India men hockey coach Graham Reid reckons that recognising players for their on-field performances can serve as a further motivation to improve and achieve more success.  The third annual Hockey India Awards will be held in the national capital on Sunday which are organised to reward both men and women players for their on-field efforts. Also Read - Hockey India Pledges Rs 25 Lakh Towards PM Cares Fund to Battle Coronavirus Crisis

“The Hockey India Awards recognise the talent and commitment of several players from within the core group,”Reid said. “The fact that players from each line (Forward, Midfielder, Defender, Goalkeeper) are being recognised, acknowledges the team nature of the game. I believe in rewarding excellence and it can be a motivation for players to continue to improve and strive for further success in the future.” Also Read - India Hockey Captains Disappointed at Olympic Postponement But Motivation Remains High



India women hockey coach Sjoerd Marijne said he’s happy that his players are receiving accolades as individual recognition is a reflection of how an entire team has performed. “Hockey India Annual Awards is a good initiative that recognises the efforts of the players which is also a reflection on the efforts of the support staff,” Marijne said. Also Read - We Are Able to Continue Training Unlike Other Countries: India Men's Hockey Coach Graham Reid

He continued, “Over the past months, Women’s Hockey has received many accolades and awards and I am happy for the team. I have always believed that if one player scores the goal then it is because the entire team has worked together to score that goal. So, if any individual is winning an award, then I would think that the entire team has been recognised/awarded through that player.”